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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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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 ...

Is There a Plan to Attack in Syria or Not?

August 29, 2014 So, to recap, there is no U.S. plan to strike the Islamic State or any other targets inside Syria because the Pentagon is still drawing them up, except that the Pentagon and the president have been reviewing military plans of attack for a while. That’s the message White House and ...

Obama: 'We Don’t Have a Strategy Yet'

August 28, 2014 President Barack Obama said he has asked Pentagon leaders for additional strike options on the Islamic State group, but cautioned that he is still consulting with his National Security Council and Congress to develop a strategy for defeating the terrorist group across Iraq and Syria. The president put the brakes ...

Mother of Kidnapped Journalist Sotloff Pleads to Baghdadi for Son’s Life

August 27, 2014 The mother of American journalist Steven Sotloff issued a somber plea to the Islamic State to spare his life, as U.S. airstrikes continue to defy the terrorist group’s warnings they would kill Sotloff next. “I'm sending this message to you, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi al-Qureshi Al-Husseini, the caliph of the Islamic ...

Airstrikes Not Enough to Defeat ISIL, Hagel Says

August 21, 2014 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the Islamic State group is “beyond just a terrorist group,” and has become a 9/11-level threat to the United States, but the U.S. military’s mission to defeat them will remain limited – for now. “ISIL is as sophisticated and well-funded as any group that we ...

U.S. Military Tried to Rescue Foley; Obama Defies Threats With New Iraq Airstrikes

August 20, 2014 This story has been updated. Rejecting the Islamic State’s demands that United States airstrikes in Iraq stop or more journalists would be executed, U.S. military officials announced fresh strikes on the fighters and said President Barack Obama could deploy up to 300 new troops. The announcement on Wednesday came less ...

The Number of Foreign Fighters in Syria Now Exceeds 12,000 and Rising

July 25, 2014 ASPEN, Colo. -- Syria is now the “predominant battleground for extremists” plotting to attack the United States, as the number of foreign fighters now has exceeded 12,000 and is rising rapidly, the United States counterterrorism chief said on Friday. The new figure issued by Matt Olsen, director of the National ...

SPECIAL EVENT - The New Battleground: Veterans

July 24, 2014 Letter from the Editor: It has been one year since we launched Defense One, Atlantic Media’s newest brand providing daily news, analysis and bold ideas on the future of national security. What does the future hold for so many of those who already have served in uniform is a lifetime ...

Israel Invades Gaza After Hamas Refuses To Yield

July 17, 2014 Under cover of naval, air and artillery strikes, thousands of Israeli forces marched into the Gaza Strip on Thursday after Palestinian rocket fire at Israel continued despite attempts at a United Nations-brokered cease fire to the 10-day conflict. The advance followed repeated warnings from Jerusalem that it would invade if ...