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.

Kendall Not Ruling Out Another KC-46 Charge For Boeing 
"Boeing is taking a pretty large loss," the Pentagon's procurement chief tells Aviation Week.. "We expected that. We think there is a potential for additional loss, but there is a lot of business for Boeing at the end of this."
Eighth GPS IIF Slated For Ops In December 
The Atlas V liftoff occurred at 1:21 EST; this was the 50th launch of this type of rocket.
Pentagon Acquisition Chief Doubts UMSC’s July F-35 IOC Target 6
Despite years of Pentagon officials holding firm to the July 2015 Marine IOC milestone for the F-35B, Pentagon procurement chief Frank Kendall is opening the door to a delay.
USAF Weighs Gorgon Stare Future 

The U.S. Air Force is reviewing whether to continue with the Gorgon Stare wide-area motion imagery (WAMI) sensor program beyond the limited quick-reaction capability already fielded, and plans to make a decision by the end of the year.

Air Combat Command (ACC) officials are formulating a recommendation for review by the Air Force Requirements Oversight Council, says Franklin Stone, who handles Gorgon Stare requirements for the command. They declined to provide insight on the proposal in advanced of the final decision. 

Lockheed, Pentagon Agree On Latest F-35 Production Lot 21
The deal comes as the F-35 team plans for its first F-35C deployment on a carrier. The F-35C is slated to execute its first arrested landing on a carrier deck on the USS Nimitz on Nov. 3 off the coast of San Diego.
Boeing Restructures KC-46 Refueler Schedule 

Though Boeing insists it will be able to provide the U.S. Air Force with the 18 KC-46 Pegasus tankers it has promised by August 2017, flight of the first platform continues to inch to the right.

USAF Weighs Gorgon Stare Future 
Though the Gorgon Stare capability has been useful in recent wars — where allied forces dominate airspace — it remains to be seen whether the services will grow their fleets of wide-area motion imagery (WAMI) sensors or consider them a boutique capability.
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
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