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’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.
SM-3 IIA, Aegis Ashore Face Busy Summer, Fall For Testing 
Slated between October and December, the second flight test of the new SM-3 IIA ballistic missile interceptor will be the first flight of its new kill vehicle.
Launch Failure Rocks SpaceX Advance  8
Failure of the SpaceX Falcon 9 cargo mission is a setback for the company, though the severity of the consequences has yet to be determined.
Big Savings Promised From Sbirs Redesign, Propulsion-Payload Decoupling  1
The U.S. Air Force says Lockheed Martin’s Sbirs redesign will save $1 billion for future early missile warning satellites.
New Sbirs Design Decouples Propulsion From Payload 
The U.S. Air Force is touting more than $1 billion in cost avoidance through a redesign of the Space-Based Infrared System (Sbirs) early missile-warning satellite built by Lockheed Martin.
Lockheed, Raytheon, Bombardier Team for USAF Joint Stars  2
Lockheed hopes Skunk Works, Raytheon, Bombardier team can unseat Northrop as premier air-to-ground surveillance provider for USAF.
F-35 Unscathed by Hostile Fire in Green Flag  129
USAF: F-35 evades attack during Green Flag exercises where A-10, F-16s are downed.
F-35 Unscathed by Hostile Fire In Green Flag Exercise 
U.S. Air Force officials suggest the F-35's performance in the exercise validates the theory of service leaders that sacrificing weapons load for stealth in the F-35’s design proved sound.
Lockheed, Raytheon, Bombardier Team for USAF JStars 2
The team agreement was finalized last week and announced at the Paris Air Show.
Stratcom Vice Broaches Idea of Civilian ‘FAA in Space’ 
The vice commander of U.S. Strategic Command is suggesting there needs to be a national discussion about removing the mission of an “FAA for space”—directing traffic and handling collision avoidance of the growing number of satellites orbiting Earth—from the military.
Lockheed, Raytheon, Bombardier Team On USAF JStars Replacement 1
Raytheon will provide the primary sensor package with the Bombardier Global 6000 as its primary platform choice for now, says Jack O’Banion, vice president of strategy and customer requirements for Skunk Works.
GPS III Launch Competition Likely a Cost Shootout 
This is the first competition between SpaceX and United Launch Alliance since the former was certified to compete for U.S. national security launch contracts, breaking ULA’s near-decade monopoly in this arena. A request for proposals is expected in July.
With $50M In Damage, Burnt F-35 Likely To Be Stripped For Parts  15
With such damage, “It is likely parts will be returned to the F-35 spares inventory as appropriate,” says F-35 Joint Program Office spokesman Joe Dellavedova. “Other components of the aircraft will be evaluated for potential reuse in other aircraft or training systems.”
Boeing’s Path To KC-46A First Flight Is Aggressive  7
Delay from wiring harness debacle ripples through the KC-46A tanker testing plan.
Bidders Submit Harm Letters On EELV Breach 
Before the RFP was even issued, USAF incurred a possible Procurement Integrity Act violation in the EELV competition.
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