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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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Russian Flybys? NATO’s Baltic Allies Wanted Air Defenses A Year Ago

April 14, 2016 Russia’s razor-close fighter jet flybys of a U.S. destroyer in the Baltic Sea this week shows that Moscow is weak, NATO is vital, and Europe’s eastern flank needs the new air defense systems Baltic leaders have been requesting for a year. That’s according to Juozas Olekas, Lithuania’s defense minister, in...

Defense Secretary Pitches Austin Techies on Pentagon Work

April 6, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow AUSTIN, Texas – Defense Secretary Ash Carter grinned wide for the cameras and flashed a good ol’ University of Texas “hook ’em, horns” hand signal standing in front of giant Texas Memorial Stadium. “A little gift for Bill McRaven,” he joked. Carter had just met with retired Navy Adm. William...

Defense Chief Pitches Pentagon Projects to Tech Workers

April 4, 2016 AUSTIN, Texas – Defense Secretary Ash Carter grinned wide for the cameras and flashed a good ol’ University of Texas “hook ’em, horns” hand signal standing in front of giant Texas Memorial Stadium. “A little gift for Bill McRaven,” he joked. Carter had just met with retired Navy Adm. William...

Giddy Among Fellow Nerds, Carter Pitches Pentagon Work to Techies

April 4, 2016 AUSTIN, Texas – Defense Secretary Ash Carter grinned wide for the cameras and flashed a good ol’ University of Texas “hook ’em, horns” hand signal standing in front of giant Texas Memorial Stadium. “A little gift for Bill McRaven,” he joked. Carter had just met with retired Navy Adm. William...

Joint Chiefs Chairman: No, NATO’s Not Obsolete

March 31, 2016 TAMPA – Donald Trump is wrong. NATO is not “very obsolete.” Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, flipped the script on Trump’s recent eyebrow-raising assessment, saying the alliance isn’t out of touch, but a candidate who challenges its importance is. “In my mind, the relevance of...

NATO’s Not Obsolete, Says Joint Chiefs Chairman

March 30, 2016 TAMPA – Donald Trump is wrong. NATO is not “very obsolete.” Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, flipped the script on Trump’s recent eyebrow-raising assessment, saying the alliance isn’t out of touch, but challenging its importance is. While Dunford did not call out Trump specifically, he...

US Now Launching Cyberattacks Against ISIS, Defense Secretary Says

March 1, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow WASHINGTON — The battle for Mosul ultimately will be the biggest U.S. operation in Iraq since the end of the last war. That was Monday’s message from Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, who said multinational forces have begun to cut off the city’s supply...

The Battle for Mosul Has Begun

February 29, 2016 WASHINGTON — The battle for Mosul ultimately will be the biggest U.S. operation in Iraq since the end of the last war. That was Monday’s message from Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, who said multinational forces have begun to cut off the city’s supply...

What Happened When Ash Carter Crashed Davos

January 27, 2016 DAVOS, Switzerland — Past the luxury shops, black cars, and pop-up spaces opened on tiny ski-village streets by iconic banks and technology giants, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter came to the World Economic Forum with dual messages. One for world leaders on this global stage: get into the fight against...

US to Convene 27-Nation Meeting on ISIS

January 20, 2016 PARIS — Following a first-ever meeting of the chief contributors to the counter-ISIS fight, Defense Secretary Ash Carter and his French counterpart in Paris endorsed the stepped-up military campaign against the Islamic State and called for more countries and capabilities to join the fight. Carter said that to continue the...