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
Pentagon’s New Kill Vehicle Strategy Expected Soon 
The procurement strategy for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s new Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle likely will be released with the fiscal 2016 budget plan early next year.
J-10B, F-35 Nearing In-Service Debuts 
Although the Lockheed Martin F-35 project will continue to dominate the direction of the global fighter market—and is slated for its operational debut with the U.S. Marines this year—new fighters in China and Russia are also nearing their in-service milestones.
Skunk Works Continues Demos Of Open Architecture Tech
The company demonstrated three different electronic warfare sensors on the U-2, switching each out in significantly less time than required when not using the open systems architecture approach.
JLENS Aerostats To Monitor Northeast U.S. For Norad 
The U.S. Army is planning to finally deploy by year’s end the first of its new airships designed to aid in air and missile threat detection for the Northeastern U.S.
JLENS Data To Finally See Operational Use For NORAD 

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Maryland — After a protracted development program, The U.S. Army is planning to finally deploy by year’s end the first of its new airships designed to aid in air and missile threat detection for the Northeastern U.S. 

SpaceX Slips ISS Cargo Run To Early January 

PARIS—Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has postponed a Dec. 19 Dragon cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) to Jan. 6 after a recent static fire test of the Falcon 9 v1.1 launch vehicle was cut short.

JLENS Data To Finally See Operational Use for NORAD 1
After a protracted development program, The U.S. Army is planning to finally deploy by year’s end the first of its new airships designed to aid in air and missile threat detection for the Northeastern U.S.
F-35 MRO Work To Start In Japan, Australia In 2018 

As expected, the Pentagon has assigned heavy airframe and engine maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade (MRO&U) work for F-35s in the Pacific region to Japan and Australia.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, F-35 program executive officer, said the initial airframe work will begin in both countries no later than 2018. The heavy engine MRO&U work will start no later than 2018 in Australia, with Japan’s capacity standing up no later than five years behind it, Bogdan said. 

Pentagon Plans Three Ambitious GMD ‘Firsts’ 
An ICBM kill, salvo trials and first flight of a new Redesigned Kill Vehicle are in the test plan for the Missile Defense Agency’s Ground-Based Midcourse Defense system during the next five years.
F-35 MRO Work To Start In Japan, Australia In 2018 
As expected, the Pentagon has assigned heavy airframe and engine maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade (MRO&U) work for F-35s in the Pacific region to Japan and Australia.
USAF Tanker Platform Slated To Fly Before Year-End 
Boeing plans for its 767-2C, the platform for the U.S. Air Force's new KC-46 tanker, to make its debut by year-end—six months late.
USAF Tanker Platform Slated For Year-end Debut 19

Boeing is planning for first flight of its 767-2C – upon which the U.S. Air Force’s new KC-46 tanker will be based – by year’s end, six months late.

USAF Tanker Platform Slated For Year-end Debut 
Boeing is planning for first flight of its 767-2C – upon which the U.S. Air Force’s new KC-46 tanker will be based – by year’s end, six months late.
 
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Dec 23, 2014
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