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
ACC Chief: Stealth ‘Incredibly Important’ For Next USAF Fighter 17
The Air Force is intending to follow a methodical path of risk reduction, Air Combat Command chief Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle says.
USAF Predicts Pilot Retention Challenges Ahead  5
U.S. Air Force tackles looming pilot retention as airlines get aggressive on hiring.
Podcast: What’s Interesting In The New Budget?
From X-planes to the “black budget” to where the U.S. is placing its technology bets for the future, our editors discuss what’s buried in President Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget request to Congress.
Northrop Pivots To Clean-Sheet T-X Trainer 22
A Northrop Grumman-led team is dashing its plan to propose a modified BAE Systems Hawk trainer for the U.S. Air Force’s T-38 replacement program, opting instead for a clean-sheet design for the $1 billion program.
MDA Eyes Thaad-ER, SM-6 To Counter Hypersonic Threat 
Defense planners are increasingly concerned that advances in hypersonic glide vehicles from China and Russia pose a looming threat to the U.S. and its allies.
MDA Plans To Build Team For Redesigned Kill Vehicle 2
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency is "very close to approval" of the strategy to procure the so-called Redesigned Kill Vehicle from a national industry team managed by the agency, says director Vice Adm. James Syring.
USAF Delays Joint Stars Follow-On, May Reopen GPS Bidding 
The procurement and research and development (R&D) plan would increase in the fiscal 2016 budget request by $8 billion compared with levels enacted by Congress in fiscal 2015.
Navy Defers Uclass Decision Again, Upending Contractors’ Plans  1
Northrop Grumman, once considered a Uclass frontrunner, halts work as Pentagon once again delays competition for carrier-based UAV.
USAF Expands T-X Trainer Program To Include New ‘Red Air’ Aggressor 
In fiscal 2016 budget documents, the U.S. Air Force notes a plan to start funding in fiscal 2018 for modifications to the selected T-X trainer replacement to enable it to operate in the traditional aggressor role during live-fly training for fighter pilots.
Northrop Halts, Lockheed Slows Uclass As U.S. Navy Punts Again 
Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin have each scaled back work on developing their own company-funded designs for the U.S. Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (Uclass) aircraft.
Thaad-ER, SM-6 Possible Counters To Hypersonic Threat 
At issue is growing concern among defense planners that advances in hypersonic glide vehicles from China and Russia pose a looming threat to the U.S. and its allies.
MDA Eyes National Team For Redesigned Kill Vehicle 
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency is "very close to approval" for the strategy to procure the so-called Redesigned Kill Vehicle (RKV) from a national industry team managed by the agency, says director Vice Adm. James Syring.
USAF Slips Next Joint Stars, Opens Door to GPS Competition 2
The procurement and research and development (R&D) plan would increase in the fiscal 2016 budget request by $8 billion compared with levels enacted by Congress in fiscal 2015.
Proliferating Threats Open Door To F-35 Follow On 63
Pentagon ponders alternatives to F-35 should proliferating new threats compromise jet’s stealth.
Podcast: The Future of Fighters and Air Force One 1
Our editors discuss adaptive engine technology, sixth-generation fighters, threats to the F-35 and the next presidential aircraft.
 
Blogs
Mar 27, 2015
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U. S., Russian Astronauts Reach International Space Station for One Year Stay 1

"He will do great," predicted NASA astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore, who returned to Earth after 5 1/2 months on the ISS earlier this month. Wilmore watched Scott Kelly's lift off from NASA's Mission Control in Houston....More
Mar 26, 2015
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Open Skies Over Benelux And Germany

Cold War kids like me still remember the Open Skies treaty, the 1992 agreement by members of NATO and the then Warsaw Pact to allow observation flights over their territory as a confidence-building measure....More
Mar 26, 2015
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Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Gripen (1999)

In 1999, Aviation Week's then Editor-in-Chief reported on the capabilities of the Saab Gripen. Read his pilot report....More
Mar 25, 2015
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Kepler Achievements Recognized by National Air and Space Museum

"We are discovering all kinds of exotic planets, worlds that have oceans of molten rock, worlds that have not one but two stars rising in the East and setting in the West," said Natalie Batalha, Kepler mission scientist....More
Mar 24, 2015
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NavWeek: Semper Why 3

As the U.S. Marine Corps continues to tack back to its expeditionary core and the U.S. remains on course for its Asia-Pacific rebalance, the question of the force’s relevance is again coming to the fore....More
Mar 21, 2015
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SpaceX's Gwynne Shotwell Talks Raptor, Falcon 9, CRS-2, Satellite Internet and More 5

During a March 17 luncheon Shotwell touched on developments underway at the Hawthorne, California-based company....More
Mar 20, 2015
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Germany To Boost Defense Spending

Germany's finance minister says the pacifist nation must shoulder more military commitments in the coming years....More
Mar 19, 2015
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NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft Spots Martian Aurora, Unexplained Dust Cloud

"What's especially surprising about the aurora we saw is how deep in the atmosphere it occurs," said Arnaud Stiepen, a University of Colorado researcher....More

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