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.

U.S. Marines Declare First F-35B Squadron Operational  18
Five years later than planned, billions of dollars over budget and despite multiple attempts to kill it, the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter is finally beginning its operational use with the U.S. Marine Corps.
U.S. Marines Declare First F-35B Squadron Operational 
Five years later than planned, billions of dollars over budget and despite multiple attempts to kill it, the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter is finally beginning its operational use with the U.S. Marine Corps.
SMC Chief Outlines USAF-Funded Backup To Industry Engine Work 
A top U.S. Air Force space officer has opened the door to establishing a government-funded, “organic” program to improve domestic technical prowess in building oxygen-rich rocket engines, should industry fail to produce the investment needed for these advances.
SMC Chief: SpaceX Not Getting a ‘Pass’ on Mishap 
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves says there should be “no perception that SpaceX is getting a pass” in its mishap investigation, despite lawmaker concerns.
Combat Lessons Prompt U.S. Navy To Consider New Growler Payload 
Post-Libya, the Royal Australian Air Force adds forward-looking infrared and air-to-air missiles. The U.S. Navy may follow suit.
Boeing Prepares T-X For First Flight As Competition Intensifies  15
Boeing and Saab are close to flying their new advanced trainer, but M-346 could be back in the race soon.
First RAAF Growler Rolls Out At St. Louis  9
Boeing rolled out the first Royal Australian Air Force EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft July 29 at the company’s final assembly facility in St. Louis.
Massive Air Launch System Promises Reduced Costs  21
Stratolauncher studies universal payload pod for world’s largest-wingspan aircraft.
F-35B IOC Expected Soon, Awaits Marine Commandant’s OK  12
What remains is for Marine Corps Commandant Joseph Dunford to give the official nod for initial operational capability.
DOD/DHS Tout Advance In Wind Farm Radar Clutter Reduction 
The U.S. government is planning to upgrade up to 79 of its long-range common air route surveillance radars with new software designed to dramatically reduce clutter from wind farms.
Supplier Quality Control, Fuel System Integration Haunt KC-46  4
Harkening to 787 problems, KC-46’s fuel system falls victim to faulty parts.
In Reversal, USAF Plans Automatic Takeoffs, Landings For Reapers  2
A highly stressed UAV force may have finally worn down USAF resistance to automatic UAV takeoff and landing systems.
Boeing: Latest KC-46 Tanker Overrun Prompted By Fuel System Retrofits  48
Redesigns and retrofits required to address a faulty integrated fuel system for the tanker appear to be the cause of the latest cost overrun for Boeing to keep the U.S. Air Force’s KC-46 aerial refueling program on track.
USAF’s Super Strypi Small Launcher Set To Fly in October 
USAF designed it, but will industry build Super Strypi rail-launched rocket?
U.S. Marines Complete F-35B Readiness Inspection  49
The U.S. Marine Corps has completed an operational readiness inspection of its first F-35B squadron, the last major hurdle before the service can assess whether VMFA-121 in Yuma, Arizona, is suitable to declare initial operational capability.
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