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Kevin Baron

Executive Editor, Defense One Kevin Baron is executive editor of Defense One. He is also national security/military analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. Baron has covered the military, the Pentagon, Congress and politics for Foreign Policy, National Journal, and Stars and Stripes. He previously ran investigative projects for five years at the Boston Globe’s Washington bureau, and cut his muckraking teeth at the Center for Public Integrity. Baron is twice a Polk Award winner and former vice president of the Pentagon Press Association. He earned his M.A. from George Washington University and B.A. from the University of Richmond. Raised in Florida, Baron lives in Northern Virginia with his three sons.
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New Tactics, Quicker Decisions Are Helping to ‘Annihilate’ ISIS, Pentagon Says

May 22, 2017 President Donald Trump’s new war plan for the Islamic State is working well, said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford. In their first joint appearance since Trump took office, the Pentagon leaders characterized ISIS as a shadow of its former self and doomed to lose...

New Tactics, Quicker Decisions Are Helping to ‘Annihilate’ ISIS, Pentagon Says

May 19, 2017 President Donald Trump’s new war plan for the Islamic State is working well, said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford. In their first joint appearance since Trump took office, the Pentagon leaders characterized ISIS as a shadow of its former self and doomed to lose...

Spy Chief Searching for Cuts Across Entire U.S. Intelligence Community

May 13, 2017 In one breath, President Donald Trump’s new director of national intelligence told lawmakers that threats to the United States are growing in size and complexity — and in the next, that he is looking for cuts across the entire U.S. intelligence community. Director Dan Coats told a Senate panel Thursday...

Spy Chief Searching for Cuts Across Entire US Intelligence Community

May 11, 2017 In one breath, President Donald Trump’s new director of national intelligence told lawmakers that threats to the United States are growing in size and complexity — and in the next, that he is looking for cuts across the entire U.S. intelligence community. Director Dan Coats told a Senate panel Thursday...

ISIS-in-Afghanistan Is Losing Recruits to Other Groups, U.S. Officials Say

April 25, 2017 KABUL, Afghanistan — The Islamic State branch in Afghanistan, target of the U.S. military’s massive “mother of all bombs” this month, quickly is losing its luster, according to U.S. war commanders here. Thanks to mounting pressure — the U.S.-led coalition claims to have killed hundreds of their fighters in two...

ISIS-in-Afghanistan Is Losing Recruits to Other Groups, US Officials Say

April 24, 2017 KABUL, Afghanistan — The Islamic State branch in Afghanistan, target of the U.S. military’s massive “mother of all bombs” this month, quickly is losing its luster, according to U.S. war commanders here. Thanks to mounting pressure — the U.S.-led coalition claims to have killed hundreds of their fighters in two...

With Mattis Visiting, Netanyahu Applauds Trump’s Military Strikes

April 21, 2017 JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu embraced U.S. President Donald Trump’s more aggressive American foreign policies and recent willingness to use military strikes against Syria, praising the new administration during visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. While showering the usual praise on U.S.-Israeli shared security commitments to fight...

WH (same old) options for North Korea; Mattis’s MidEast tour; USMC doubts in Australia; Trump say what about Turkey?; And a bit more.

April 18, 2017 President Trump says North Korea has “gotta behave” as White House officials seek non-military answers. With the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier still steaming toward the peninsula and Pacific Command tweeting out provocative shows-of-force, like this, we now hear: “The administration has teed up additional sanctions on North Korea –...

Pence’s threat from the DMZ; Spectacle and kaput in North Korea; McMaster in Af-Pak; Dunford in the Boston Marathon; And a bit more.

April 17, 2017 Pence dons a bomber jacket and issues a threat from the DMZ. North Koreans could face U.S. military strikes like in Syria and Afghanistan if it continues with its nuclear program, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said— well, implied—from the fraught patch of turf linking North and South Korea on...

‘No Doubt’ Syria Behind Chemical Attack, Mattis Says

April 12, 2017 There is “no doubt” Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is behind a last week’s chemical weapons attack in Khan Sheikhoun, Defense Secretary James Mattis said Tuesday. The top U.S. military leader claimed the Syrian regime’s “inexplicably ruthless murders” violated a United Nations convention dating to before World War II, and issued...

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