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Kevin Baron

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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Number of Foreign Fighters in Syria Jumped from 800 to 8,000 in the Past Year

April 16, 2014 TAMPA, Fla. -- Last year, U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno predicted that Syria’s rebels would soon be victorious over President Bashar al-Assad’s iron regime without the direct intervention of American troops. One year later, as Syria’s worsening civil war has morphed, so has the challenge of tracking ...

Fort Hood Shooting Rampage Leaves 4 Dead, 16 Injured

April 2, 2014 This breaking news story has been updated. Another soldier-shooter has opened fired at Fort Hood, Texas, leaving four people dead -- three victims and the assailant, a soldier -- and injuring 16 others. “The shooter is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” said Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, Fort Hood’s commanding ...

Fort Hood Shooting Rampage Leaves 4 Dead, 16 Injured

April 2, 2014 This story has been updated. Another soldier-shooter has opened fired at Fort Hood, Texas, leaving four people dead -- three victims and the assailant, a soldier -- and injuring 16 others. “The shooter is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” said Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, Fort Hood’s commanding officer. Milley, ...

Around Government

March 28, 2014 Northern Exposure The U.S. military charts an eight-point plan for securing the Arctic and its natural resources. By Kevin Baron The Arctic has gained increased attention in national security circles as melting ice caps promise new access to strategic positions and undersea resources for three of the world’s most powerful ...

Stealthy Advance

March 28, 2014 It doesn’t look like a ship. It doesn’t even feel like a ship. The hallways are too wide. The ceilings are incredibly high. There’s barely an outdoor deck. No bridge tower. No lookout crow’s nests. Flat-screen TV mounts are everywhere. In fact, the only sign that this is a ship ...

U.S., U.K. Militaries Sidelined as Obama Challenges Russia

March 26, 2014 The United States and British defense secretaries seemed resigned to the fact that that there is little their militaries should do to reverse Russia’s invasion and annexation of a NATO partner's territory and instead advocated for a series of non-military “consequences” for Moscow following a Pentagon meeting on Wednesday that ...

Hagel Orders 'Troubling Gaps' Closed in DOD Background Checks, May Cut Clearances

March 18, 2014 Defense Department personnel with secret clearances soon will face tougher "continuous evaluation," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said, heeding the recommendations of three separate investigations into last year’s Washington Navy Yard shooting. The department’s actions, Hagel said, fulfill his pledge to correct “gaps or inadequacies in the department's security” that facilitated ...

Feinstein Says CIA Illegally Spied on Senate’s Torture Investigation

March 11, 2014 Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., broke her silence and turned on her heel on Tuesday by stunningly accusing the CIA of a constitutional breach for breaking into a secure database of interrogation records the agency provided to lawmakers who were investigating torture allegations under the Bush administration. After working for weeks ...

Pentagon Leaders Working to Define Military’s Post-War Purpose

March 5, 2014 With the president’s 2015 budget request and a fresh four-year strategy review in hand, Pentagon leaders in recent speeches, interviews and testimonies have set out to give clarity to their vision for the future, post-Afghanistan purpose of the United States military. “With this budget, we are repositioning the military for ...

Pentagon’s QDR Proclaims Military Ready To Do It All

March 4, 2014 The Pentagon released its highly-anticipated, four-year strategy review on Tuesday and with it a vision that the United States military can downsize, reconfigure and seek bold new innovations all while remaining ready to do everything from nuclear war to counterterrorism operations in defense of America’s borders. “With the president’s budget, ...