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Kevin Baron

Executive Editor Kevin Baron is the founding executive editor of Defense One. Baron has lived in Washington for 20 years, covering international affairs, the military, the Pentagon, Congress, and politics for Foreign Policy, National Journal, Stars and Stripes, and the Boston Globe, where he ran investigative projects for five years at the Washington bureau. He is a frequent on-air contributor and previously was national security/military analyst at NBC News & MSNBC. Baron cut his muckraking teeth at the Center for Public Integrity and he is twice a Polk Award winner and former vice president of the Pentagon Press Association. He earned his M.A. in media and public affairs from George Washington University, his B.A. in international studies from the University of Richmond, and studied in Paris. Raised in Florida, Baron now lives in Northern Virginia.
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Macron Mic-Drops on Trump, Offers a New Call to Western Leadership

April 25, 2018 Wow, Macron went there. One day after President Trump welcomed the French president with a bromantic White House visit filled with hugs and handshakes, Emmanuel Macron stood before a joint session of Congress and fired away at his host’s “America First” foreign policy. With JFK-like phrasing, Macron called for strong...

The Politics of Hating (And Loving) France

April 24, 2018 A new British prince was born this week, yet Americans — those in politics and security, at least — were off gettin’ hot with the French. (Sorry, Charlie.) With notable pomp, France’s President Emmanuel Macron walked with President Trump across the White House lawn, past U.S. troops staged for the...

If Trump Won't Lead in Syria, Someone Else Will

April 10, 2018 Once again, the world is waiting for the American president to punish Syria’s Bashar al-Assad for, once again, using chemical weapons on his civilians. And, once again, a chorus of Syria-war watchers is crying out: Where is the international community? A quieter chorus of Americans are simply asking: Why are...

Someone’s missiles hit Syrian base; 500 troops to the Mexico border; John Bolton; The trouble with ‘denuclearization’; China put jammers on the Spratlys; And a bit more.

April 9, 2018 Whose missiles struck Syria overnight? Was it Israel? Pentagon officials spent Sunday denying those were U.S. military missiles seen flying over Lebanon to strike a Syrian air base, but it’s unclear who is responsible for the attack — yet. Expectations of a U.S. strike on Syria increased after President Trump...

Trump Reverses, Says He’ll Keep U.S. Troops in Syria

April 5, 2018 Five days after hearing their mission might end abruptly, the U.S. commanders and troops who have been fighting ISIS in Syria got a new message from their commander in chief: their mission will continue indefinitely. President Donald Trump decided to keep the fight going, his spokeswoman said in a brief...

Trump Reverses, Says He’ll Keep US Troops in Syria

April 4, 2018 Five days after hearing their mission might end abruptly, the U.S. commanders and troops who have been fighting ISIS in Syria got a new message from their commander in chief: their mission will continue indefinitely. President Donald Trump decided to keep the fight going, his spokeswoman said in a brief...

Trump’s warning shot on Syria; IED kills US troop in Syria; Guard troops to US-Mexico border?; The ‘devil incarnate’ comes to the Pentagon; and a bit more.

March 30, 2018 President Trump said the U.S. military will “be coming out of Syria, like, very soon. Let the other people take care of it now. Very soon. Very soon. We’re coming out.” Trump revealed his plan (well, we’ll see about that) in an unexpected quip while speaking about U.S infrastructure plans...

Trump's 'Very Soon' Withdrawal From Syria Is Exactly What Many Troops Feared

March 29, 2018 Trump just stepped into dangerous waters. When the president said on Thursday that the U.S. would pull out of Syria “very soon,” in another apparently off-handed (and definitely off-script) quip, it struck to the very heart of why some American troops had said they voted for him — and why...

Shulkin out as VA Sec; Inter-Korean summit slated for late April; Neller, in conversation; Big changes at Boeing defense, space; AQ recruiter droned in Libya; And a bit more.

March 29, 2018 Trump fires VA Secretary Shulkin, nominates WH doc. Now U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson — remember him, the official White House physician — is President Trump’s latest pick. Shulkin’s departure had been rumored for weeks, ever since he became “the subject of a damning report from the department's inspector...

The War in Iraq Isn’t Done. Commanders Explain Why and What's Next

March 22, 2018 BAGHDAD, Iraq — Not yet. The war isn’t over, yet. ISIS isn’t defeated, yet. The U.S. shouldn’t leave, yet. Fifteen years on, and Iraq still isn’t done, yet. But where are we? What’s left to do? And will anything be different this time around? “I honestly don’t know,” says Col....