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.

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.
Space Control Finally Gets A Boost 
China’s ASAT tests have forced the Pentagon to funnel billions of dollars into new satellite architectures and defensive measures.
Commercial, Military Satellite Users To Cooperate In Pilot Program 1
Amid a growing consensus in the U.S. government that space assets – commercial, civil or defense – are no longer safe in orbit, the U.S. Air Force and six top commercial operators are establishing a first-of-a-kind pilot program to improve data exchange among them.
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.
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