Amy Butler

Amy
Butler
Senior Pentagon Editor,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Amy is Aviation Week's senior Pentagon editor and has flown on a variety of military aircraft since joining the staff, including a 9-hr. HH-60G Pave Hawk search-and-rescue mission after Hurricane Katrina, and the MV-22 Osprey, UH-72A Lakota, F/A-18F Super Hornet, F-16CJ, BAE Hawk trainer and C-2 Greyhound carrier capable transport.
 
As senior Pentagon editor, Amy covers major U.S. military aviation programs, including the Joint Strike Fighter, next-generation bomber and KC-46A aerial refueler. She also specializes in coverage of missile defense and military space programs.
 
Prior to joining Aviation Week, she was the Pentagon bureau chief for Defense Daily covering multiple services' programs, the defense budget and Defense Department dealings with Congress. She worked as the managing editor of Inside the Air Force covering Air Force procurement and policy issues. Prior to that, she was the The Daily Sun's military reporter in Warner Robins, Ga., where she participated in a two-week media trip to Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia, and reported on Air Force activities supporting the no-fly zone over Iraq. 
 
Amy studied English literature and history at Mercer University in Macon, Ga., and took a term at Oxford University, England.

Articles
U.S. Navy’s New Hawkeye Optimized For Land, Sea Ops 
The new Hawkeye provides a much improved UHF radar antenna useful for finding targets that are hard to see in other bands, such as cruise missiles and aircraft with low radar cross sections, which are types of threats to carrier strike groups that worry Navy officials.
Pricing Dispute Intensifies Over Seoul’s F-16 Deal 
BAE Systems’ arrangement to upgrade South Korean F-16s may be in jeopardy as the U.S. and South Korea dispute the costs involved
Northrop Awarded $207.3 Million G/ator Contract Modification 
The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman a $207.3 million contract modification for procurement of four Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ator) low-rate initial production systems.
Lockheed Joins Northrop In Protesting USAF 3DELRR Deal 3

Lockheed Martin has joined Northrop Grumman in protesting Raytheon’s win of a U.S. Air Force air defense radar contract potentially worth $1 billion.

Reaper, MTS-C Key In Aegis Ballistic Missile DefenseTest 
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s most recent trial for the Aegis ballistic missile defense system is another stop toward proving that airborne infrared sensors can be used to cue a ballistic target intercept.
Lockheed Joins Northrop In Protesting USAF Air Defense Radar Deal
Lockheed Martin has joined Northrop Grumman in protesting Raytheon’s win of a U.S. Air Force air defense radar contract potentially worth $1 billion.
Northrop Grumman Protests Air Defense Radar Loss
Northrop Grumman is protesting its loss of a contract potentially worth $1 billion to Raytheon to design and build the next-generation air defense radar for the U.S. Air Force.
MDA Inches Forward on UAV Target Cueing 
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) says its Oct. 17 non-intercept test dubbed FTX-20 was successful at demonstrating that data from airborne unmanned aircraft can be suitable for cueing interceptors in future engagements.
Intevac Awaits Apache Contract, F-35 Testing 
Intevac, the company building a new night vision camera for F-35 pilots, is expecting its next production lot of work for its Apache helicopter digital night vision equipment.
F135 Fix Still Not Firm 
The Lockheed Martin F-35 aircraft, fielded for training and operations around the country, continue to fly under a restricted envelope following a June 23 engine fire in an F-35A. The Pentagon has yet to announce a definitive path to dealing with the design problem on the Pratt & Whitney F135 engine that prevented the F-35 from making its international debut at the Royal International Air Tattoo and Farnborough air show in July.
Army Eyes Improvements For Apache Helo 
The fiscally challenged U.S. Army is enhancing the capabilities of its frontline attack helicopter—the AH-64D/E Apache
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