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.

Proliferating Threats Open Door To F-35 Follow On  7
Pentagon ponders alternatives to F-35 should proliferating new threats compromise jet’s stealth.
Podcast: The Future of Fighters and Air Force One
Jim Asker, Guy Norris and Amy Butler discuss adaptive engine technology, sixth-generation fighters, threats to the F-35 and the next presidential aircraft.
ULA Snags More Sole-Source Launches After SpaceX Suit Is Settled 
The Jan. 28 contract modification is worth $382.9 million for three missions. It is part of a $4.7 billion “bulk buy” contract including a guarantee of 36 engine cores – 28 missions – for ULA.
A U.S. Air Force EELV Program Timeline 
The Rise and Fall of a Launch Monopoly?
Atlas V Stung by Last Year’s Launch Fracas 
SpaceX-USAF legal settlement offers little near-term gain for SpaceX, but it appears to serve the company’s strategic goals.
Boeing Nabs Sole Source Prime On Next Air Force One 61
Noting that the 747-8 is the only platform "manufactured in the United States [that] when fully missionized meets the necessary capabilities established to execute the presidential support mission," Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said competition will be sought at the subsystem level for the program.
Land of Opportunity in Space
The boom in small Earth-observation satellites is expanding a market in which businesses and governments alike can gather valuable insight for monitoring climate change, political hot spots, business activities and disaster zones.
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Eyes Role for Small Satellites 2
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is crafting a strategy to leverage the influx of imagery available from the many new information services providers working today.
USAF To Boost Launch Competitions as SpaceX Shelves Lawsuit 3
SpaceX has agreed to drop its lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force. In return, the service is vowing to increase the number of launches it plans to compete.
Trio of Defense Giants Posture For Sixth-Gen Fighters 
Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman each have formed teams to plan for these so-called sixth-generation fighter competitions, though actual developments — and real funds — are not likely to surface for years.
Podcast: U.S. Defense Budget
A preview of programs and issues to watch for during the first week of February, when the Pentagon makes its budget request to Congress.
U.S. Air Force Reopens Next-Gen Air Defense Radar Selection 
The reassessment of the potential $1 billion program expected to take four months. It is unclear if the service will reassess existing bids or allow competitors to submit amended proposals.
Thaad-ER In Search Of A Mission 3
Lockheed Martin sees China’s hypersonic advances as a rationale to resurrect extended-range Thaad project.
Certification Process Slows SpaceX’s Market Push 
SpaceX’s near-term plans for U.S. government work have been thwarted by certification requirements.
USAF Still Targeting F-35A IOC By December 2016 
U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh says he’s confident a strategy that will be proposed in the fiscal 2016 budget to mitigate a possible maintainer shortfall will allow the F-35A to achieve initial operational capability (IOC) by late 2016 as planned.
Jan 30, 2015

Iraqi Airways 767 at Frankfurt Hahn Airport

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Jan 30, 2015

Passenger, Çargo Middle East Growth Rate #MROME

The Middle East region is forecast to have the highest RPK (revenue passenger kilometers) growth rate, but another region outpaces in cargo traffic over the period....More
Jan 29, 2015

Supersonic Scoop (1947) 3

Aviation Week scored one of the biggest aerospace scoops of the 20th century when on December 22, 1947, it revealed that the fabled sound barrier had been broken by U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles ‘Chuck’ Yeager in the Bell XS-1....More
Jan 26, 2015

New Photos: Chilled Lightning 5

F-35 begins extreme climate testing....More
Jan 26, 2015

Boeing 777 -- Unveiling A Design Classic (1990) 4

No matter how you gauge the success of Boeing’s 777, whether in terms of sales, profitability, safety, versatility, longevity or derivatives, few can argue the remarkable impact the twinjet has made on the industry since entering service almost 20 years ago....More
Jan 23, 2015

When Lockheed Martin Won The JSF Award (2001) 18

During its nearly 100 years of coverage, Aviation Week & Space Technology has covered many controversial programs. Perhaps none has been as big in terms of sheer value and global reach as the nine-nation, stealthy F-35 fighter project....More
Jan 22, 2015

10 Things To Watch In The 2016 Budget Request

Six years into his presidency, President Barack Obama is planning to finally submit his budget request to Congress on time—meaning the week of Feb. 2 this year....More
Jan 21, 2015

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Finds Icy Ceres Cratered 2

"We know so much about the solar system and yet so little about dwarf planet Ceres," said Marc Rayman, Dawn's mission manager. "Now, Dawn is ready to change that."...More

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