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.

Pentagon Plans Three Ambitious GMD ‘Firsts’ 
An ICBM kill, salvo trials and first flight of a new Redesigned Kill Vehicle are in the test plan for the Missile Defense Agency’s Ground-Based Midcourse Defense system during the next five years.
F-35 MRO Work To Start In Japan, Australia In 2018 
As expected, the Pentagon has assigned heavy airframe and engine maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade (MRO&U) work for F-35s in the Pacific region to Japan and Australia.
USAF Tanker Platform Slated To Fly Before Year-End 
Boeing plans for its 767-2C, the platform for the U.S. Air Force's new KC-46 tanker, to make its debut by year-end—six months late.
USAF Tanker Platform Slated For Year-end Debut 21

Boeing is planning for first flight of its 767-2C – upon which the U.S. Air Force’s new KC-46 tanker will be based – by year’s end, six months late.

USAF Tanker Platform Slated For Year-end Debut 
Boeing is planning for first flight of its 767-2C – upon which the U.S. Air Force’s new KC-46 tanker will be based – by year’s end, six months late.
Italy, Turkey Selected For F-35 MRO Work In Europe 4
F-35 development partners Italy and Turkey are the big winners for major maintenance, repair and overhaul work in Europe for the single-engine, stealthy Lockheed Martin fighter.
Boeing Still Interested In South Korea’s KF-X 12
Boeing confirms it remains interested in South Korea’s KF-X fighter program but declines to say directly whether it is considering a development based on its Advanced Super Hornet.
First F-35 Assembled In Italy To Roll Out Early Next Year 10
The first aircraft is slated to roll off the line by March 2015.
First F-35 Assembled In Italy To Roll Out Early Next Year 
Officials in Italy are preparing for the rollout of their first F-35A from the final assembly and checkout (FACO) facility at Cameri Air Base in northern Italy early next year.
Boeing Still Interested In South Korea’s KF-X 
"Boeing looks forward to understanding the Republic of Korea’s plans regarding how and when they intend to implement the program," says a spokeswoman for the company. "If we decide to formally participate, we will consider our entire portfolio of strike fighter capabilities."
Transcom Networks Targeted For Data Theft, Intel Probes 

U.S. Transportation Command’s command and control networks have experienced hostile intelligence probes and data theft, and a new cyber monitoring center in the command is giving its leader an unprecedented view of these activities, command chief U.S. Air Force Gen. Paul Selva says.

The joint cyber center is a 24/7 operation optimally manned by roughly 40 people from the command as well as from the intelligence and law enforcement communities; roughly two-thirds of the billets are now filled. Its establishment is indicative of how threatened U.S. networks are.

Jan 30, 2015

Iraqi Airways 767 at Frankfurt Hahn Airport

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Jan 30, 2015

Passenger, Çargo Middle East Growth Rate #MROME

The Middle East region is forecast to have the highest RPK (revenue passenger kilometers) growth rate, but another region outpaces in cargo traffic over the period....More
Jan 29, 2015

Supersonic Scoop (1947) 1

Aviation Week scored one of the biggest aerospace scoops of the 20th century when on December 22, 1947, it revealed that the fabled sound barrier had been broken by U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles ‘Chuck’ Yeager in the Bell XS-1....More
Jan 26, 2015

New Photos: Chilled Lightning 5

F-35 begins extreme climate testing....More
Jan 26, 2015

Boeing 777 -- Unveiling A Design Classic (1990) 3

No matter how you gauge the success of Boeing’s 777, whether in terms of sales, profitability, safety, versatility, longevity or derivatives, few can argue the remarkable impact the twinjet has made on the industry since entering service almost 20 years ago....More
Jan 23, 2015

When Lockheed Martin Won The JSF Award (2001) 18

During its nearly 100 years of coverage, Aviation Week & Space Technology has covered many controversial programs. Perhaps none has been as big in terms of sheer value and global reach as the nine-nation, stealthy F-35 fighter project....More
Jan 22, 2015

10 Things To Watch In The 2016 Budget Request

Six years into his presidency, President Barack Obama is planning to finally submit his budget request to Congress on time—meaning the week of Feb. 2 this year....More
Jan 21, 2015

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Finds Icy Ceres Cratered 2

"We know so much about the solar system and yet so little about dwarf planet Ceres," said Marc Rayman, Dawn's mission manager. "Now, Dawn is ready to change that."...More

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