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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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Trump ISIS Strategy Worries Top House Armed Services Democrat

November 21, 2016 How President-elect Donald Trump’s national security team will conduct the war on ISIS just two months from now is anyone’s guess, said a worried House Armed Services Committee’s top Democrat, Rep. Adam Smith, D-Calif. Trump’s war cabinet is still being assembled with retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn named as...

How Trump Will Fight ISIS Worries Top House Armed Services Democrat

November 19, 2016 How President-elect Donald Trump’s national security team will conduct the war on ISIS just two months from now is anyone’s guess, said a worried House Armed Services Committee’s top Democrat, Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash. Trump’s war cabinet is still being assembled with retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn named as...

Trump’s Long List of National Security Unknowns

November 10, 2016 We now know Donald Trump is the next commander in chief. Beyond that, there is so much we don’t know about his plans for U.S. national security issues and U.S. military operations. On the campaign stage, despite wall-to-wall television coverage of the horserace, Trump was allowed to remain vague on...

Now What? Trump’s Long List of National Security Unknowns

November 9, 2016 We now know Donald Trump is the next commander in chief. Beyond that, there is so much we don’t know about his plans for U.S. national security issues and U.S. military operations. On the campaign stage, despite wall-to-wall television coverage of the horserace, Trump was allowed to remain vague on...

Trump, on top; Assad regime, cautiously optimistic; Arms exports soared under Obama; Diver may have found long-lost nuke; and just a bit more...

November 9, 2016 Donald J. Trump is America’s next commander-in-chief. U.S. voters soundly rejected Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and what was broadly seen as four more years of Obama’s foreign and domestic policy, delivering the Republican businessman a 289-218 electoral college victory overnight. Trump made many campaign promises on national security, and countered...

After Mosul, on to Raqqa ‘within weeks’; Russian carrier enters Med; Special operators, caught on video; Army puts lasers on Strykers; and just a bit more...

October 26, 2016 From Mosul to Raqqa, sooner than later? An offensive on ISIS’s second-largest stronghold in Raqqa, Syria, is to begin within weeks, not months, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told NBC News in Paris, Tuesday morning. Hours later in Brussels, British Defense Minister Michael Fallon said the same: “within weeks.” Speaking of...

U.S. Special Operators Accelerate Killings of ISIS Leaders

October 24, 2016 ERBIL, Iraq – U.S. special operators in northern Iraq and Syria are killing Islamic State leaders at a faster pace, disrupting the organization’s defense of Mosul and, more importantly to Pentagon leaders, their ability to plot attacks against the United States and other targets outside the region. Defense Secretary Ash...

US Special Operators Accelerate Killings of ISIS Leaders

October 23, 2016 ERBIL, Iraq – U.S. special operators in northern Iraq and Syria are killing Islamic State leaders at a faster pace, disrupting the organization’s defense of Mosul and, more importantly to Pentagon leaders, their ability to plot attacks against the United States and other targets outside the region. Defense Secretary Ash...

The Worst Is Yet To Come in Mosul, US Leaders Say

October 22, 2016 BAGHDAD – The battle for Mosul has seen snipers, car bombs, missiles, oil-filled moats waiting for the torch, secret village-to-village tunnels, and a burning sulfur plant — and yet U.S. war leaders here warn that this is the light stuff. With each advance of Iraqi, Kurdish, and American forces, ISIS...

As Mosul Battle Rages, Carter Heads to Europe for Anti-ISIS Talks

October 21, 2016 ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT – As the battle for Mosul rages, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is en route to the Middle East for talks with regional allies Turkey and the United Arab Emirates this weekend, and then on to Europe where counter-ISIS and NATO leaders will meet to assess...

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