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
Lockheed Martin Updates Unmanned U-2 Concept 

Lockheed Martin has crafted a reduced-cost plan to “optionally man” the U.S. Air Force’s high-flying U-2 intelligence aircraft, throwing a new possibility into the mix as Congress weighs whether to shift to an all-Northrop Grumman Global Hawk unmanned aircraft fleet for high-altitude reconnaissance.

With an optionally manned U-2, advocates for the so-called Dragon Lady say the venerable aircraft finally can match the endurance offered by the unmanned RQ-4B Global Hawk. Convincing lawmakers and the Pentagon likely will be an uphill battle, though.

Pentagon, Lockheed Sign F-35 LRIP 8 Deal 

The Pentagon and Lockheed Martin have agreed to cost targets for the eighth low-rate, initial production (LRIP) lot of F-35s, setting theirs sights on $94.8 million per F-35A. 

Target cost for the F-35B, to be used by the U.S. Marine Corps, is $102 million and the F-35C Navy variant is targeted at $115.7 million, according to Joe Dellavedova, F-35 spokesman for the Pentagon. 

Lockheed Updates Unmanned U-2 Concept 
Lockheed Martin has crafted a new, reduced cost plan to “optionally man” its U-2.
Pentagon, Lockheed Sign F-35 LRIP 8 Deal
The Pentagon and Lockheed Martin have agreed to cost targets for the eighth low-rate, initial production (LRIP) lot of F-35s, setting theirs sights on $94.8 million per F-35A.
Lockheed Martin Updates Unmanned U-2 Concept 
With an optionally manned U-2, advocates for the so-called Dragon Lady say the venerable aircraft finally can match the endurance offered by the unmanned RQ-4B Global Hawk. Convincing lawmakers and the Pentagon likely will be an uphill battle, though.
F-35 Sims Step Forward In Simulation Technology 
With initial operational capability (IOC) for the U.S. Marine Corps F-35B expected next year, and the Air Force’s F-35A IOC slated for the following year, training of pilots is a major focus.
No ‘Bolters’ Thus Far In F-35C Carrier Tests 

ONBOARD THE USS NIMITZ—The F-35C’s inaugural at-sea trials on the USS Nimitz have completed most testing points ahead of schedule, allowing for another aviation first during this deployment.

Lt. Cdr. Ted “Dutch” Dykman conducted the first catapult launch in darkness using CF-03. He took off from the Nimitz at 6:01 p.m. local time, conducted a series of planned touch-and-go manuevers on deck and conducted the first arrested landing at night at 6:40 p.m.

USAF Punishes Former Top General Over Defunct Airship Project 

The so-called “Third Offset,” a Pentagon strategy for pursuing and developing new military technologies to overcome the likes of China and Russia, could be formally unveiled on Nov. 15.

Pentagon’s Kendall On Maintaining U.S. Technological Edge 1
Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall talks with Senior Pentagon Editor Amy Butler about challenges keeping existing programs on track while looking to the future.
Redesigned Tailhook Tests Well In F-35 Sea Trials 3
A pair of Lockheed Martin F-35Cs have successfully completed their first series of arrested landings and catapult takeoffs from the carrier USS Nimitz this month, marking the start of the developmental test program for the U.S. Navy’s first stealthy piloted aircraft.
Podcast: F-35C Carrier Trials 1
Aviation Week editors discuss the F-35C and its ongoing carrier trials.
No ‘Bolters’ Thus Far In F-35C Carrier Tests 
The test team so far has reported no "bolters" – instances wherein a pilot touches down on the deck, tailhook down, and misses one of the arresting wires, forcing the pilot to perform an unplanned touch-and-go.
USAF Punishes Former Top General Over Defunct Airship Project 5
The U.S. Air Force is barring one of its own retired top generals from conducting business with the government until early 2016.
USAF Eyes Options For New Weather Satellite 

The Pentagon is reviewing acquisition options for the Weather System Follow-On (W-Sat) satellite, which is needed to provide ocean surface wind speed and direction data for the armed forces.

A strategy should be approved by year-end. U.S. Air Force officials hope to achieve Milestone A approval for risk-reduction work in fiscal year 2015, says Col. Heath Collins, deputy director of the service’s remote sensing program office.

 
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