Amy Butler

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.

Articles
Despite IOC, Questions Remain For F-35B Integration 35
With operational debut around the corner, Marine and Navy officials temper expectations of F-35B’s early capabilities.
USAF Space Command Chief Eyes Consolidated Satellite Flight Ops
The head of U.S. Air Force Space Command envisions a future in which all of the Air Force’s satellites — ranging from communications, precision navigation and timing, weather and missile warning — are controlled by a common ground station.
ULA CEO Outlines BE-4 Engine Reuse Economic Case 8
United Launch Alliance CEO Tory Bruno says his choice of planning to reuse only the BE-4 engines – not the entire first stage – of the company’s new Vulcan rocket was driven purely by the economics.
ULA CEO Calls 2018 Availability Date For AR-1 Engine ‘Ridiculous’ 5
United Launch Alliance CEO Tory Bruno says Aerojet Rocketdyne’s claim of delivering an AR-1 rocket engine capable of operating on the Atlas V or Vulcan vehicles by 2018 is “ridiculous.”
ULA Aims To Lower Launch Costs With Vulcan Rocket 
The company is striving to keep average cost of a new Vulcan rocket under $100 million as it preps for competition against SpaceX.
ULA’s Vulcan Rocket Embraces Reusability, New Upper Stage 9
This new rocket is the company’s path to substantially reduce its cost to launch — a critical factor as the company’s monopoly over national security launches is eroding — and compete against SpaceX.
USAF: Major Savings With New Launch Range Deal 1
The U.S. Air Force claims the new LISC deal could save up to $1.8 billion over 10 years, although skeptics question how.
Hurdles Impede Level Playing Field In Launch Competitions 
The government’s fiscal year closes at the end of September, leaving little time to resolve the question of how to level the playing field between dissimilar competitors United Launch Alliance and SpaceX as they compete for launch contracts.
Podcast: Space Symposium Outlook
Ahead of next week's Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, our editors discuss the latest on an American-built engine to send U.S. national security assets to space, competition between ULA and Space X, the state of U.S.-Russian relations and more.
U.S. Marines Prep for F-35B Ops Trials on USS Wasp 9
The U.S. Marine Corps is preparing for its first and only operational testing period for the F-35B in advance of declaring initial operational capability for the stealthy, single-engine fighter as early as July.
Aerojet Rocketdyne Embracing 3-D Printing For AR1 
Just because parts can be produced faster with 3-D printing does not mean engineers can cut corners validating their properties, an additive manufacturing expert warns.
A U.S. Air Force EELV Program Timeline  4
The Rise and Fall of a Launch Monopoly?
One-On-One With USAF Secretary 
U.S. Air Force Secretary discusses creating an apples-to-apples comparison of ULA and SpaceX launch cost, embracing public-private partnerships for a new rocket engine and developing trust with new market entrants.
Aerojet Rocketdyne Embracing 3D Printing For AR1 
Additive manufacturing—or 3D printing—is expected to help at least one competitor seeking to build the next $1 billion U.S. Air Force rocket engine to accelerate the design and production time, but one industry executive warns that a hasty rush to 3D printing can be dangerous.
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.
 
Blogs
Apr 15, 2015
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Briny Water May Challenge Future Mars Spacecraft Design

"These finding have implications for planetary protection policies for future landed spacecraft," according to the Nature Geoscience report. "Cl-bearing brines are very corrosive and this may have implications on spacecraft design and surface operations."...More
Apr 14, 2015
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Apollo 13 Story Is Still Gripping After 45 Years (1970) 3

The flight of Apollo 13 in April 1970 was one of the most dramatic events in the history of human spaceflight –- and ultimately one of NASA’s finest hours. For three days, the lives of three astronauts who had been bound for the third lunar landing mission hung in the balance....More
Apr 13, 2015
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NavWeek: Ballistic Bombast 16

China may be able to take out an American aircraft carrier with its feared DF-21 antiship ballistic missile (ASBM) without even taking a shot....More
Apr 10, 2015
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Lessons From Space Shuttle Columbia (1981) 10

The space shuttle was a magnificent machine, the most capable spaceship ever built. It was also a fragile monster that required an expensive standing army to fly, and punished the slightest inattention to detail in its preparation and operation with fatal results....More
Apr 8, 2015
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Photo: Water Cannon Salute For Inaugural Memphis-Dallas Love Field Service

Southwest Airlines inaugurated Memphis-Dallas Love Field service on Wednesday morning, opening up direct commercial service between the two airports for the first time....More

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