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.

Space Control Finally Gets a Funding Boost 
An extra $5 billion set aside in the U.S. Air Force’s black and white budget plan for fiscal 2016 is largely dedicated to projects for shoring up and protecting space assets, says Air Force Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, military deputy to the service’s procurement czar.
Competitive Shift Puts ULA, Aerojet Rocketdyne In A Bind  1
Government mainstays United Launch Alliance and Aerojet Rocketdyne face uphill battle now that private investments have entered the competitive launch arena.
No More Autonomous Refueling Planned For X-47B 
U.S. Navy officials have no plans to continue autonomous aerial refueling (AAR) tests for the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) following the historic April 22 demonstration of the Pentagon’s first-ever UAV in-flight refueling.
X-47B Conducts First-Ever UAV In-Flight Refueling 
This test, once cut from the program due to financial constraints, opens the door to vast options for unmanned aviation.
Sbirs IR Sensor Set For Ops Assessment This Fall 
Four years after launch of the first of a new fleet of missile-warning satellites, the U.S. Air Force is planning to test the system’s newest technology – a powerful infrared staring sensor – in an operational assessment.
Sbirs IR Starer Set For Ops Assessment This Fall 
Four years after the first Sbirs GEO launch, USAF pushes to get more infrared data to users in the field.
Despite IOC, Questions Remain For F-35B Integration 47
With operational debut around the corner, Marine and Navy officials temper expectations of F-35B’s early capabilities.
USAF Space Command Chief Eyes Consolidated Satellite Flight Ops
The head of U.S. Air Force Space Command envisions a future in which all of the Air Force’s satellites — ranging from communications, precision navigation and timing, weather and missile warning — are controlled by a common ground station.
ULA CEO Outlines BE-4 Engine Reuse Economic Case 8
United Launch Alliance CEO Tory Bruno says his choice of planning to reuse only the BE-4 engines – not the entire first stage – of the company’s new Vulcan rocket was driven purely by the economics.
ULA CEO Calls 2018 Availability Date For AR-1 Engine ‘Ridiculous’ 5
United Launch Alliance CEO Tory Bruno says Aerojet Rocketdyne’s claim of delivering an AR-1 rocket engine capable of operating on the Atlas V or Vulcan vehicles by 2018 is “ridiculous.”
ULA Aims To Lower Launch Costs With Vulcan Rocket 
The company is striving to keep average cost of a new Vulcan rocket under $100 million as it preps for competition against SpaceX.
ULA’s Vulcan Rocket Embraces Reusability, New Upper Stage 9
This new rocket is the company’s path to substantially reduce its cost to launch — a critical factor as the company’s monopoly over national security launches is eroding — and compete against SpaceX.
USAF: Major Savings With New Launch Range Deal 1
The U.S. Air Force claims the new LISC deal could save up to $1.8 billion over 10 years, although skeptics question how.
Hurdles Impede Level Playing Field In Launch Competitions 
The government’s fiscal year closes at the end of September, leaving little time to resolve the question of how to level the playing field between dissimilar competitors United Launch Alliance and SpaceX as they compete for launch contracts.
Podcast: Space Symposium Outlook
Ahead of next week's Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, our editors discuss the latest on an American-built engine to send U.S. national security assets to space, competition between ULA and Space X, the state of U.S.-Russian relations and more.
Apr 28, 2015

When the Pentagon First Let Women Fly in Combat (1993) 1

Twenty-two years ago, the U.S. defense secretary proposed allowing women to fly in combat. Now, the first female fighter pilot is a member of Congress....More
Apr 27, 2015

NavWeek: Ready, Willing and Abe

Asia-Pacific watchers agree – there’s a lot riding on this week’s U.S. visit by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe....More
Apr 27, 2015

Looking Ahead, And Back, At U.S. Airline Profits (1959)

Predictions of potential U.S. airline record earnings were made by Aviation Week 56 years ago....More
Apr 25, 2015

Saturday's Progress 57 Space Station Departure Paves the Way for new Russian Re-supply Mission

Progress 59 is scheduled to lift off from Baikonur on Tuesday at 3:09 a.m., EDT, initiating a four orbit, six hour sprint to the International Space Station with three tons of supplies...More
Apr 24, 2015

Airbus A380 Makes First Flight (2005) 2

The Airbus A380 made its first flight on April 27, 2005. The story since has been full of ups and downs. See our original coverage from 2005....More

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