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.

ULA Backs Out Of GPS III Launch Duel With SpaceX 
The U.S. Air Force’s first attempt at establishing a competition between launch upstart SpaceX and longtime monopoly player United Launch Alliance (ULA) has apparently fizzled before it started.
An Unprecedented Peek Behind The Sbirs Veil  16
Though late and costly, Sbirs is sparking an “explosion” in uses for satellite infrared data for intelligence.
An Exclusive Look At Sbirs And Its Capabilities  1
Here is Aviation Week’s exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the new Sbirs ops center and why it is ushering in an “explosion” of new ways to use overhead infrared data for intelligence and civil, war operations.
KC-46 Deploys Boom, Pods For First Time 
Boeing KC-46 Pegasus testing is well underway with the first extension of the hose-and-drogue and boom refueling systems in successive trails.
Pentagon Decides Against Issuing RD-180 Waiver 
United Launch Alliance (ULA) is concerned it could be prevented from bidding for forthcoming competitions without access to the RD-180.
USAF Spacecraft Starts Spying On Other Satellites 
Operational use of the Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program spacecraft marks a major expansion in the U.S. Air Force’s ability to spy on other satellites in orbit.
USAF Surveillance Satellites Begin Imaging Other Spacecraft 
Their use marks a major expansion in the U.S. Air Force’s ability to spy on other satellites.
ULA Says RD-180 Limits Put It At Disadvantage Versus SpaceX 
Once a monopoly, ULA is now fighting for engines to compete against upstart SpaceX.
ULA Bidding For GPS Launch Without an Engine?  14
After being the monopoly rocket supplier to the U.S. government for national security launches for nearly 10 years, the tables have turned for United Launch Alliance.
ULA Strives To Dramatically Reduce Atlas V Price  3
Though the bulk of ULA’s work is still with the U.S. government and will remain so for years to come, CEO Tory Bruno is posturing the company to be more competitive in the commercial market.
Long-Term Continuing Resolution Would Ax 19 F-35s In 2016  27
A CR lasting longer than the one now in place until Dec. 11 would slice the number of F-35s the Pentagon plans to buy in its next production lot.
Boeing’s KC-46 Pegasus Finally Achieves First Flight  3
The U.S. Air Force and Boeing hope the long-awaited KC-46 first flight will kick off a robust test program.
USAF, Boeing Hope First KC-46 Will Be A Test Workhorse  2
With the first KC-46 flight under its belt, Boeing looks forward to extending boom, conducting fuel transfers with a bevy of receivers.
USAF Kicks Off GPS III Launch Duel: ULA vs. SpaceX 
The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) issued a formal and final request for proposals (RFP) for the first GPS III launch Sept. 30.
Boeing’s KC-46 Tanker Design Problems: A Rare Peek  34
As Boeing works to repair deficiencies in the KC-46 tanker’s fuel management system design, U.S. Air Force officials are undergoing a major review of the project’s master plan.

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