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.

Late Software Not Expected To Jeopardize USMC F-35 IOC  3
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.
USAF To 'Re-Energize' Debate On Future Of CAS 45
Under fire for A-10 retirement plans, USAF holds close air support summit to ‘reset’ the debate
5th-to-4th Fighter Comms Pod Schedule Questioned 4
The Boeing Talon Hate pod, which is designed to provide that connectivity, was requested by Pacific Air Forces as a quick-reaction project needed to link the stealthy F-22 with legacy fighters.
Skunk Works Chief Eyes Global Hawk Alternative 
Lockheed Martin’s top Skunk Works official says the Air Force should consider starting a new unmanned aircraft program to formally replace the U-2 rather than pouring more money into the Northrop Grumman Global Hawk as a replacement.
New Rocket, White Tails In ULA’s Long-Term Strategy 
Seeing an end to its monopoly, ULA turns toward a commercial model.
USAF Funds Mystery Opposition Trainer 
The U.S. Air Force is having difficulty explaining how a request for $220.5 million for a “red-air” aggressor aircraft got into the fiscal 2016 budget plan for the T-X sent to Congress.
USAF Targeting Skills Seen Eroding From Ops In ‘Permissive’ Airspace 
The U.S. Air Force is lagging in its ability to find and identify “high-end” targets, an erosion that has taken place during the past 15 years of combat operations in permissive airspace, says Lt. Gen. Robert Otto, deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR).
New Rocket, White Tails In ULA’s Long-Term Strategy 5
United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) plan to field a new rocket engine with Blue Origin called the BE-4 is only step one of a larger strategic plan to take the company from a sole-source benefactor mentality to competing in a burgeoning commercial market.
USAF Scrambles To Plan For F-35 IOC Maintainers 
Senior U.S. Air Force officials remain confident the service will achieve its plan to declare initial operational capability (IOC) for the F-35A by the end of December 2016, though doing so is presenting a major challenge in maintenance resourcing.
The Tale Of The Unclaimed T-X Aggressor 11
In the midst of a major budget crunch at the Pentagon, the Air Force is ill-equipped to explain just how a request for $220.5 million for a “red air” aggressor aircraft got into the fiscal 2016 budget plan sent to Congress Feb. 2.
USAF Operationally Responsive Space Office Could Oversee Next SSA, Weather Sats
The U.S. Air Force’s on-again, off-again affair with “operationally responsive space” concepts appears to be heating up once more.
ACC Chief Open To A-10 Follow-On Platform 13
“A follow on may be something we need to think about,” said Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle.
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