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Amy Hillis

Senior Pentagon Editor,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Amy Hillis, formerly Amy Butler, 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.

Airbus, Boeing Hope For 2016 Recovery From A400M, KC-46 2015 Setbacks  16
Top market players A400M and KC-46 suffered problems in 2015 but are set to move forward with milestones in 2016.
F-35 Continues To Dominate Fighter Forecast Globally  29
Development programs for new fighters focus on stealth, while legacy fighters struggle to keep production lines open.
Missile Defense Outlook Strong For 2016 And Beyond  2
Lockheed Martin, Raytheon stand to benefit as worldwide demand for missile defense systems continues to grow.
AR1 Passes Design Review As Tide Could Shift To RD-180s 
A recent preliminary design review of the AR-1 rocket engine was successful, ensuring the project is on track for full-scale testing in 2017 followed by delivery of a flight qualified unit in 2019 in preparation for certification, according to Aerojet Rocketdyne officials.
Japan Begins Assembling First F-35A at Nagoya FACO  28
Japan’s first indigenously made F-35A has begun the manufacturing process on the country’s final assembly and checkout line in Nagoya.
Can the Pentagon's Satcom Constellation Keep Up?  3
Pentagon thinkers consider a life beyond Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) and Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) systems as reliance on and vulnerability to satcom systems grows.
First Italian-Assembled F-35 Delivered 
Italy’s F-35 final assembly and checkout has delivered its first stealthy jet to the Italian armed forces.
USAF Eyes Anti-Jam Measures For WGS Constellation 
The Air Force is considering measures to ensure that communications sent over the Wideband Global Satcom constellation are more secure.
ULA Backs Out Of GPS III Duel With SpaceX  5
Then there was one: What could really be behind ULA’s decision not to compete against SpaceX?
KC-46 Shifts To Fuel Dock, Prep For Midair Refueling Demo 
Boeing looks forward to KC-46 aerial refueling demo after overcoming past technical, cost hurdles.
First KC-46 Pegasus Headed For Fuel Dock Testing  41
Boeing officials are shifting their attention to a second round of fuel dock testing with the first KC-46 aerial refueler following successful initial airworthiness certification for the aircraft outfitted with its wing-mounted pods and centerline refueling boom.
USAF Begins RD-180 Alternative Risk Reduction Work 
The U.S. Air Force has chosen Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering as the first awardee under its program to mature rocket system propulsion technology in pursuit of a domestic alternative to the Russian RD-180 used for the Atlas V launch vehicle.
LRS-B Work Stops As GAO Reviews Protest  7
Boeing, Lockheed’s LRS-B protest could be aimed more at Congress than the GAO
USAF Orders Northrop To Stop Work on LRS-B  41
The U.S. Air Force has issued a stop-work order on the Long-Range Strike Bomber to Northrop Grumman in accordance with standard procedures for contracts that undergo a protest.
Boeing, Lockheed Protest, Claim Bomber Duel Was Botched 
The U.S. Air Force’s Long-Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B) process was flawed, leading to an unfair award to Northrop Grumman for development of the stealthy aircraft that is estimated to be worth up to $80 billion, according to Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

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