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.

Boeing Finally Restarts Flights For New Tanker Program 
After five months on the ground, Boeing has finally resumed airworthiness testing for the KC-46A aerial refueler program.
Pentagon Acquisition Czar Offers ‘Block Buy’ To F-35 Partners 
Pentagon procurement chief Frank Kendall says every F-35 partner nation has expressed interest in participating in a massive block buy of the Lockheed Martin jets to start in fiscal 2018.
Marines Upbeat About F-35B Wasp Trials  12
USMC one step closer to an operational F-35B, but partners are locked in debate about what Block 4 jet will bring.
With USAF Certification in Hand, SpaceX Readies for Duel  2
SpaceX clears hurdle to take on ULA: First up, a battle for GPS III
F-35B Operational Test Trials
As senior Pentagon editor, there are perks to being a scribe. May 26, I had the opportunity to witness aviation history with a small group of reporters invited to the USS Wasp amphibious ship to witness a few hours of the first-ever F-35B Operational Test (OT-1) trials off the coast of North Carolina. I'm posting some of the many videos I collected to give our readers a sense of what we saw on the boat. This is a long video -- 8 plus minutes. But, if you stick with it, here's what you'll see. And, a word of caution. Turn down your speakers or headphones, or grab a cranial. It's very loud.

1:19: Notice when the lift fan doors open and nozzle angles down (the scorch marks are from repeated take offs at this 400 ft. position).

F-35B Operational Test Trials, Part 2

Here is a rare glimpse (at least until the F-35B IOCs in July) of a SeaHawk taking off followed by an F-35 launch onboard the USS Wasp May 26 during OT-1. The helicopter is a requirement for search and rescue in the event of a problem. I captured the rescue SeaHawk taking off and a glimpse of Lee Hudson, managing editor of Inside the Navy.
It's rare to see this combination of I thought I'd share with our readers. 

With USAF Certification In Hand, SpaceX Readies For Duel  4
The United Launch Alliance is no longer the only rocket manufacturer capable of winning national security missions in the U.S.
Lockheed Lukewarm About Giving Aerojet Atlas V Rights  1
Aerojet consortium may challenge ULA’s monopoly of national security launch market.
Aerojet Courts Lockheed Martin For Old Atlas V Rights 
Lockheed Martin has no intention—for now—of sharing its data rights with Aerojet Rocketdyne on the Atlas V launcher. But Lockheed, which developed the rocket before it was transferred to United Launch Alliance, is likely keeping its options open.
ULA Against Sharing Rights For Atlas V 
United Launch Alliance (ULA) CEO Tory Bruno says he has no plans to let anyone else build the Atlas V rocket, despite the company’s stated plans to retire the vehicle early in the next decade.
ULA Is Against Sharing Atlas V Rights  14
Once a monopoly, ULA is countering a two-front attack from SpaceX and, now, Aerojet Rocketdyne.
Industry Team Hopes To Resurrect Atlas V Post RD-180 15
Reports of the planned demise of the Atlas V rocket may be premature.
USAF EELV Procurement Plan Riddled With Pitfalls 7
Think the KC-X tanker program was messy? The forthcoming EELV procurement could make it look like a walk in the park.
USAF EELV Procurement Plan Riddled With Pitfalls 
The forthcoming competition for new U.S. military space launchers introduces a number of variables that will make the acquisition anything but simple.
U.S. Air Force Kills Key Space Control Program
USAF bails on the Raidrs satcom space protection project, though need for EMI detection grows.
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