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
Patching The F-35’s Data Fusion Gap 15
Testers say a software patch gets F-35 closer to promise of multi-ship data fusion.
Meet The F-35 Developmental Test Fleet At Edwards AFB 1
With the F-35 development program 60% complete and two years to go, the test program is operating at a high pace.
KC-46 PEO Skeptical Of Meeting April First Flight Goal
The top U.S. Air Force officer overseeing the service’s KC-46A refueling aircraft contract is casting doubt on whether prime contractor Boeing will achieve its new first flight date for the first tanker in April.
Work Calls For More Wargaming, Tech Demos 
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work is pushing initiatives to conduct more wargames and demonstrations to better use military technology fielded today, and make more informed decisions on what technology to pursue in the future.
Software Patch Being Tested For F-35 Multiship Attack 
Engineers here at Edwards AFB have begun flying a software patch on two test jets to explore the effectiveness of upgrades designed to improve the “fusion” of the threat picture among multi-aircraft F-35 formations.
USAF Plans $7.6 Billion Electronic Makeover For F-15s 
Under pressure from slower-than-expected F-35 fielding, USAF is embarking on a pricey upgrade to keep the F-15 relevant into the 2040s.
Boeing To Select F-15 EW Upgrade Contractor In May 5
The service will upgrade up to 413 F-15Cs and F-15Es, according to Air Combat Command officials.
U.S. Air Force To Spend Billions Keeping F-15 Relevant 
Despite being disparaged at times by U.S. Air Force leadership as inferior aircraft, the air combat F-15C and ground-attack F-15E are getting a costly makeover to keep them operationally relevant for another 20-plus years.
DMSP 13 Failure Raises Space Oversight Questions 
U.S. Air Force Space Command took nearly a month to openly acknowledge to the press that one of the country’s oldest satellites fragmented into 43 pieces in orbit last month, creating a debris field.
DMSP 13 Failure Raises Space Oversight Questions 2
U.S. Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) took nearly a month to openly acknowledge to the press that one of the country’s oldest satellites fragmented into 43 pieces in orbit last month, creating a debris field.
USAF Weather Satellite Explodes After Thermal Spike 15
Six DMSP satellites are now left to provide the weather data needed for the military.
Late Software Not Expected To Jeopardize U.S. Marine Corps F-35 IOC 30
The F-35’s version 3F software is still lagging for the aircraft’s development, though version 2B, needed for the Marines, has nearly finished testing.
USAF ‘Firewalls’ T-X Requirements; No Decision Yet On ‘Red Air’ Aggressor 
A U.S. Air Force official emphasizes that no decision on a "red air" aggressor version of T-X will be made until after the design for the T-38 replacement is selected.
BAE To Use Hawk For T-X Risk Reduction Flights 1
BAE’s company-owned Hawk, ZJ951, will begin flying with some of these technologies in September, a senior BAE Systems executive told Aviation Week at the IDEX show in Abu Dhabi.
U.S. Army Secretary Backs USAF A-10 Retirement Plans 
U.S. Army Secretary John McHugh says he has no plans to make a play to take over the service’s A-10 fleet.
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Blogs
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