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Kevin Baron

Executive Editor Kevin Baron is the founding executive editor of Defense One. Baron has lived in Washington for 20 years, covering international affairs, the military, the Pentagon, Congress, and politics for Foreign Policy, National Journal, Stars and Stripes, and the Boston Globe, where he ran investigative projects for five years at the Washington bureau. He is a frequent on-air contributor and previously was national security/military analyst at NBC News & MSNBC. Baron cut his muckraking teeth at the Center for Public Integrity and he is twice a Polk Award winner and former vice president of the Pentagon Press Association. He earned his M.A. in media and public affairs from George Washington University, his B.A. in international studies from the University of Richmond, and studied in Paris. Raised in Florida, Baron now lives in Northern Virginia.
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SPECIAL REPORT: In Shattered Raqqa, Top US General Calls for the World’s Help

January 22, 2018 FIRE BASE RAQQA, Syria – The calm. When Gen. Joseph Votel emerged from the dank tunnels where ISIS tortured its victims before executing them in the soccer stadium above, he walked somberly back to his convoy of grimy pickup trucks. The leader of U.S. Central Command was struck, he said,...

Mattis: Pentagon Shifting Focus to Great Power Competition — ‘Not Terrorism’

January 19, 2018 The Trump administration’s long-awaited National Defense Strategy declares a decisive shift in America’s security priorities, away from the age of ISIS-level terrorism and toward a return to great-power competition with regional giants China and Russia. This shift, Pentagon planners say, will require a “more lethal, resilient, and rapidly innovating” military...

Where We're Headed in 2018

January 1, 2018 In lieu of reviewing the top stories of the year gone by, Defense One presents a look ahead. Here’s what to expect in 2018. Commander in Chief Trump At 7:21 a.m. on New Year’s Day, you were probably still knocked out from the champagne after kissing 2017 goodbye. President Donald...

Turkey Tells US To Withdraw Weapons, Support for Syrian Rebels

November 8, 2017 Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the United States should withdraw its weapons and support for the Kurdish and Arab forces that just routed ISIS in Syria, calling them a post-war threat to the region and Israel. Yildirim, who is visiting Washington this week, said that the U.S. justification for...

Four New Questions For Trump on Syria

November 1, 2017 1) How long will Washington back Syrian rebel fighters? Will the U.S. stay engaged with its Syrian Kurdish and Arab allies who fought and lost brothers- and sisters-in-arms to liberate Raqqa? What will America supply? Guns? Money? Legitimacy? Last week, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford convened a second meeting...

‘We're Not Taking Sides,’ Trump Tells Clashing Kurds, Iraqis

October 16, 2017 President Donald Trump said the U.S. was not “taking sides” in the clash between Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers and Iraqi Security Forces who, after fighting ISIS side-by-side for two years, turned against each other this weekend in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk. The Iraqi government’s armed movement into oil-rich, Kurdish-controlled...

Mattis to Generals: Start Talking to the Press

October 9, 2017 It’s time to talk. In the age of Trump, senior U.S. military leaders have generally kept a lower public profile than usual, seeking to avoid the hyperactive state of politics and the press. That’s about to change. On Friday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis instructed top commanders to speak to the...

McMaster: I’m Here to Serve, Not ‘Control the President’

September 27, 2017 Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster became the latest general on President Donald Trump’s national security team to explain publicly that his job, as he sees it, is to help execute the commander-in-chief’s policies, not “keep him on the reservation,” as some critics hope. McMaster, along with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and...

McMaster: I’m Here to Serve, Not ‘Control the President’

September 26, 2017 Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster became the latest general on President Donald Trump’s national security team to explain publicly that his job, as he sees it, is to help execute the commander-in-chief’s policies, not “keep him on the reservation,” as some critics hope. McMaster, along with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and...

Pyongyang threatens US aircraft; McMaster speaks up; Region braces as Kurds approve independence; Troops help in Puerto Rico; and just a bit more...

September 26, 2017 North Korea’s anti-aircraft threat. Pyongyang’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho “threatened on Monday to shoot down American warplanes even if they were not in the country’s airspace,” the New York Times reports, the latest development in the months-long war of words between 71-year-old President Donald Trump and 33-year-old North Korean dictator...