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.

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 2
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.
Sbirs IR Starer Set For Ops Assessment This Fall 
Four years after the first Sbirs GEO launch, USAF pushes to get more infrared data to users in the field.
Despite IOC, Questions Remain For F-35B Integration 47
With operational debut around the corner, Marine and Navy officials temper expectations of F-35B’s early capabilities.
USAF Space Command Chief Eyes Consolidated Satellite Flight Ops
The head of U.S. Air Force Space Command envisions a future in which all of the Air Force’s satellites — ranging from communications, precision navigation and timing, weather and missile warning — are controlled by a common ground station.
ULA CEO Outlines BE-4 Engine Reuse Economic Case 10
United Launch Alliance CEO Tory Bruno says his choice of planning to reuse only the BE-4 engines – not the entire first stage – of the company’s new Vulcan rocket was driven purely by the economics.
ULA CEO Calls 2018 Availability Date For AR-1 Engine ‘Ridiculous’ 5
United Launch Alliance CEO Tory Bruno says Aerojet Rocketdyne’s claim of delivering an AR-1 rocket engine capable of operating on the Atlas V or Vulcan vehicles by 2018 is “ridiculous.”
ULA Aims To Lower Launch Costs With Vulcan Rocket  1
The company is striving to keep average cost of a new Vulcan rocket under $100 million as it preps for competition against SpaceX.
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