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Kevin Baron

Executive Editor, Defense One Kevin Baron is executive editor of Defense One. A 15-year veteran of Washington’s defense, national security and foreign affairs scene, Baron has covered the military, the Pentagon, Congress and politics for Foreign Policy, National Journal, Stars and Stripes, the Boston Globe’s Washington bureau, and the Center for Public Integrity. Baron is vice president of the Pentagon Press Association.
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US Military Concerned ISIS Fighters Returning to Caribbean Could Reach Border

March 12, 2015 The war in Syria has attracted roughly 100 foreign fighters from the Caribbean who could easily make their way to the United States, said the top U.S. military commander for the southern hemisphere. With little ability to track and monitor foreign fighters when they return, it would be relatively easy ...

US Military Reveals Massive Plan To Attack, Retake Mosul From Islamic State

February 19, 2015 U.S. forces are amassing and training 20,000 to 25,000 Iraqi and Kurdish forces in preparation for a spring attack to retake Mosul, Iraq from an estimated 1,000 to 2,000 fighters of the Islamic State, or ISIS. In an extraordinary briefing for reporters, an official from U.S. Central Command, or CENTCOM, ...

Jordan’s Retaliation Is the Real Arab Awakening the Pentagon Has Been Waiting For

February 4, 2015 This is the moment the Pentagon has been waiting for. All those years of “building partner capacity,” to train, equip, fund, strengthen and professionalize the militaries of Middle East dictators and kingdoms, are about to pay off. The unthinkable immolation of Jordanian pilot First Lt. Moaz al-Kasasbeh has ignited Arab ...

AFRICOM Commander Wants Full Counterinsurgency Plan for Boko Haram

January 27, 2015 The top commander of U.S. troops in Africa said he would like the U.S. military to do more to fight the terrorist group Boko Haram, but that it’s up to Nigerian and U.S. policy officials to decide how much they’re willing to change the trajectory of that group’s violent stronghold ...

The D Brief: Landmark shift in US-Cuba relations; The spies in the middle; Rubio rising; A view from inside Langley; What Hollywood gets wrong about North Korea; And a bit more.

December 18, 2014 Cuba?? Sure, why not. President Obama pulled off a stunner on Wednesday announcing the U.S. would restore diplomatic relations with Cuba after a 50-year American embargo failed to oust Fidel Castro and his regime, or do much else. The deal was 18 months in the making; a complicated mashup involving ...

Flournoy Pulls Out of Defense Secretary Race

November 25, 2014 Michele Flournoy has pulled herself out of the race to replace Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Flournoy notified members of the board at the Center for a New American Security, the Washington think tank she co-founded, that last night she informed the White House she had taken herself out of the ...

Political Dysfunction Is a Worse Threat Than Putin, Say National Security Workers

November 18, 2014 The Obama administration has no strategy for ISIS, the Pentagon is not leaving enough troops to protect Afghanistan and Congress isn’t qualified to keep watch over the military and intelligence services, according to survey of federal workers and troops at the Pentagon, and other national security agencies. It’s a grim ...

Ebola Scare Comes to the Pentagon

October 17, 2014 This article has been updated. Fearing a possible case of Ebola at the Pentagon, officials shut down a parking lot and building entrance for much of the day after a woman was found "ill and vomiting" Friday in the Pentagon parking lot. The woman later said she had "recently visited ...

Obama Has a Strategy for the Islamic State But He Better Have a Plan B

September 11, 2014 “This is our strategy.” If only President Barack Obama had said that two weeks ago, the conversations and arguments from bar rooms to situation rooms, in the Pentagon and the Middle East, may have been a lot different. The tone, at least, the politics, certainly. The pervasive doubt in the ...

Islamic State Militant Beheads U.S. Journalist Steven Sotloff in Video, Group Says

September 2, 2014 This story has been updated. American journalist Steven Sotloff has been executed and beheaded by the Islamic State group, according to a new video posted on Monday. The killing fulfills the Islamic State’s threat to President Barack Obama that Sotloff also would be killed as journalist Jim Foley was two ...