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
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
U.S. Army Eyes Improvements For Apache Helicopter 

With the U.S. Army retiring many of its helicopters to save money, the service is planning improvements for its frontline Apache attack helicopter.

The addition of Link 16 and, eventually, new over-water radar modes are designed to better connect the AH-64 to the rest of the fleet – including aircraft used by the other military services – and potentially expand its mission. 

U.S. Navy Preps First E-2D Squadron For Deployment 
NORFOLK NAVAL BASE, Virginia —The U.S. Navy is readying its first E-2D Advanced Hawkeye squadron for its first deployment next year after declaring initial operational capability for the carrier-based airborne command and control (C2) aircraft last week.
F-35 Test Jets to Undergo ‘Burn In’ for F135 Engine Fix 14
The Pentagon's long-awaited deal with Pratt & Whitney to build the seventh low-rate production lot of F135 engines for the multinational F-35 fighter has finally been signed, though officials have not yet outlined a clear path forward to address the design issue that led to an engine fire that grounded the fleet of single-engine aircraft this summer.
U.S. Navy Preps First E-2D Squadron For Deployment 
The U.S. Navy is readying its first E-2D Advanced Hawkeye squadron for its first deployment next year after declaring initial operational capability for the carrier-based airborne command and control aircraft last week.
U.S. Army Eyes Improvements For Apache Helicopter 
With the U.S. Army retiring many of its helicopters to save money, the service is planning improvements for its frontline Apache attack helicopter.
Pricing Dispute Threatens BAE’s First Big F-16 Mod Project 
The BAE Systems program to upgrade 134 South Korean F-16s is in doubt because of a dispute over pricing between Seoul and Washington, the company says.
Lockheed Nabs Qatar PAC-3 Buy, Eyes MSE Sales 
Qatar’s deal to buy PAC-3 air defense missiles from Lockheed Martin has been inked just as the Pentagon has approved the company to conduct technical discussions with 18 nations for potential sales of an improved model, called the Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE).
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