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.

T-X Competition Fierce Despite GD, Alenia Split 23
With four bidders in the running, the U.S. Air Force is confident the competition will drive cost down to an affordable level, despite high design expectations.
USAF Chief Wants ‘Common Sense’ in RD-180 Debate 
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh says he hopes to “keep common sense in the discussion” as the service appeals to Congress for relief from a law limiting the use of RD-180 Atlas V rocket engines, potentially crippling access to spacelift for the Pentagon.
F-35 Flies Against F-16 In Basic Fighter Maneuvers 72
Test pilots say the F-35 can be cleared for greater agility as a growth option based on the results of basic fighter maneuvers against an F-16 and earlier flight-envelope evaluations.
USAF Predicts Major Spacelift Range Savings With New Contract 
U.S. Air Force officials predict up to $1.15 billion in savings over 10 years with the new, consolidated launch range contract won late last year by a Raytheon/General Dynamics joint venture.
USAF Eyes New Era Of Close Air Support 21
Despite failed attempts to retire the A-10, the U.S. Air Force looks to a new generation of technologies and tactics for close air support mission.
USAF Confident T-X Approach Will Drive Cost Down 
U.S. Air Force officials are confident the unique approach they have taken leading up to a request for proposals for a forthcoming competition to replace the T-38 advanced pilot trainer has sparked enough competition to drive cost for the system down, a brigadier general says.
Revised SpaceX, USAF Certification Plan To Focus on ‘Trust’ 51
USAF and SpaceX are modifying the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement signed two years ago to outline what has become the contentious process to certify the Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket for use in launching national security payloads.
Long Road Ahead For Possible A-10 Follow-On 36
The U.S. Air Force’s interest in a possible new close air support (CAS) platform to replace the A-10 Thunderbolt II is about “capacity,” says Air Combat Command chief Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle.
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.
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