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 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.
Lockheed Flies First Legion IRST Sensor On F-16 

Lockheed Martin is expecting to propose its Legion pod for a forthcoming U.S. Air Force solicitation to put an infrared search-and-track (IRST) sensor on its legacy F-15C/D fleet.

Secaf: Falcon 9 Mishap Shouldn’t Hurt SpaceX In Competition 
U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah James says SpaceX’s failed Falcon 9 mission on June 28 bolsters the service’s argument to get access to more RD-180 engines from Russia, but she adds that it should not hurt the company’s chances of winning U.S. Air Force work.
Boeing’s Tanker Cost Overruns Exceed $1 Billion  73
Boeing is taking another charge on its books, $835 million before taxes, to keep the Air Force's KC-46 aerial refueling tanker program on track.
Boeing’s Tanker Cost Overruns Exceed $1 Billion 
Boeing is taking another charge on its books, $835 million before taxes, to keep the Air Force's KC-46 aerial refueling tanker program on track.
USAF Embraces U.S. Army Model Of Automated UAV Takeoff, Landing 
The U.S. Air Force has finally opted to allow for the use of an automated takeoff and landing system for its MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper.
Review To Shed Light On Falcon 9 Destruct Time Line  9
USAF sent destruct signals for Falcon 9 a full 70 sec. after mishap.
Review To Shed Light On Falcon 9 Destruct Timeline 
Only a few short minutes into its June 28 flight, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 began to break apart, prompting the U.S. Air Force to exercise a rare responsibility to send destruct signals to the rocket.
Aerojet Rocketdyne Faces Thorny Path To EELV  7
The U.S. Air Force might need to continue using Russian-made RD-180 engines for the time being, despite congressional wishes otherwise, crimping Aerojet Rocketdyne’s EELV ambitions.
U.S. Air Force Creeps Closer To Bomber Decision 
In the meantime, as representatives from Northrop Grumman and Boeing/Lockheed Martin – the two teams vying for the massive contract – wait on pins and needles, they are giving out little new information out about the secretive project.
Tenth GPS IIF Set to Launch, Replace 19-Year-Old IIA 
The GPS IIF-10 satellite is slated to lift off on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, for delivery into plane C slot 3 for the GPS constellation about 11,000 mi. above the surface of the Earth.
Defense Development Timelines Thwarted by Poor Software Planning 
Service development programs in the Pentagon are – on average – taking about 40% longer than the planned five years expected to mature into the production stage, largely due to problems with software, Air Force procurement chief William LaPlante says.
Live, Virtual, Constructive: A New Paradigm For Training?  5
Could live, virtual training fundamentally change the dynamics of future Red Flags?
Aerojet Rocketdyne Faces Thorny Path To EELV 
Aerojet Rocketdyne still sees a way to get into the U.S. Air Force’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program.
USAF’s GSSAP Spy Satellites To Start Ops By October 
The U.S. Air Force plans to declare its new, once-classified satellites designed specifically to spy on other spacecraft operational by the end of September, says Capt. Connie Dillon, a spokeswoman for Air Force Space Command.

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