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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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As Anti-ISIS Forces Close In on Mosul, Coalition Leaders Focus on What’s Next

July 21, 2016 JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Maryland – Before they begin the long-anticipated push to liberate Mosul, a battle many expect to mark the final chapter of the Islamic State’s reign in Iraq, military leaders of the “counter-ISIL” coalition say they need more planning for what happens next. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said...

As Anti-ISIS Forces Close In on Mosul, Coalition Leaders Focus on What’s Next

July 20, 2016 JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Maryland – Before they begin the long-anticipated push to liberate Mosul, a battle many expect to mark the final chapter of the Islamic State’s reign in Iraq, military leaders of the “counter-ISIL” coalition say they need more planning for what happens next. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said...

Obama Scraps Planned U.S. Troop Drawdown in Afghanistan

July 6, 2016 U.S. President Barack Obama announced he will keep 8,400 American troops in Afghanistan through the end of his administration, effectively halting the war drawdown he had wanted, reflecting the inability of NATO and American military forces to quash decades-old insurgent fighting and force the Taliban to a negotiated peace. Obama’s...

Obama Scraps Planned U.S. Troop Drawdown in Afghanistan

July 6, 2016 U.S. President Barack Obama announced he will keep 8,400 American troops in Afghanistan through the end of his administration, effectively halting the war drawdown he had wanted, reflecting the inability of NATO and American military forces to quash decades-old insurgent fighting and force the Taliban to a negotiated peace. Obama’s...

Why Do Brexit and Trump Still Shock National Security Elites?

June 24, 2016 LONDON – Are you watching this, today? Does Brexit have your attention? If you’re reading this in Defense One, you’re likely a national security professional of some kind, or at least a fanboy or fangirl of foreign policy. And if you’re scared by the Brexit vote and Trump’s parallel middle-finger...

And the War Came: A Call for Unity—Not to Arms—in My Hometown Orlando

June 21, 2016 ORLANDO, Fla. – The good news is it’s a long way from Fallujah to Orlando. The bad news is it still feels like Orlando is a long way from the Middle East. If ever an American city was going to make the very real connection from the battlefields overseas to...

NATO to join ISIS fight; Former Marine saved Orlando lives; Russian hackers hit DNC; A busy 24 hours in the South China Sea; and a bit more.

June 15, 2016 NATO is set to jump into the war against the Islamic State in Iraq. In three weeks at the Warsaw summit, alliance leaders are expected to formally agree to send trainers and other help into Iraq to join the U.S.-led counter-ISIS coalition. NATO is already sending planning teams to Tampa...

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...

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