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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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Louisiana wants the National Guard, not VIPs; Trump’s “dangerous” view of intel; Twitter deletes ISIS; Putin in Crimea; And a bit more.

August 19, 2016 Massive Nat’l Guard response at Louisiana flood. Nearly 3,700 Louisiana National Guardsmen are helping recovery efforts for the worst U.S. disaster since Hurricane Sandy after more than 31 inches of rain fell in just 15 hours—turning more than 20 parishes into declared disaster areas, CNN reports. While volunteers have unofficially...

Assad bombs US-backed Kurds in Syria; Missile-stopping lasers; “Napalm-like” bombs in Aleppo; Shabaab’s new leader dead?; Trench warfare in Ukraine; And a bit more.

August 18, 2016 In another alleged first for Syria’s war, Assad jets bombed YPG facilities in northeastern Syria, Kurdish news and Reuters report this morning from an attack that so far has reportedly killed one civilian and injured two-dozen others. “The bombardment came after clashes broke out in the city on Tuesday between...

American troops out front in Iraq; Saudis using US-made Patriots in Yemen’s war; F-35 wins over Navy carrier pilots; The future weapons Trump and Clinton should discuss; And a bit more.

August 17, 2016 Make no mistake: American troops are in the lead in (some of) Iraq’s war on ISIS. From the bases and front lines in the north, Buzzfeed’s Mike Giglio paints a different picture of U.S. troop involvement that most Americans probably do not know about (but could guess pretty easily if...

Trump’s ISIS speech and ‘nation-building’; Dems doxxed; Manbij down, what’s next; Boko, those girls, and airstrikes; Taliban advance; And a bit more.

August 15, 2016 Trump says he would ditch “nation-building.” GOP 2016 contender Donald Trump is set to give a major speech today on how the U.S. should fight terrorism and more, his aides told reporters Sunday. A major facet of the speech is said to revolve around the notion that “we can't choose...

Top Commander: Iraqi Troops Not Ready for Mosul, Nor What Comes Next

August 11, 2016 What’s different about the end of this Iraq war from the end of the last one? Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, who commands U.S. troops there now and also fought to liberate Ramadi six years ago, says he will leave the country this month confident that Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga troops...

Iraqi Troops Not Ready for Mosul, Nor What Comes Next, Says Top US Commander

August 10, 2016 What’s different about the end of this Iraq war from the end of the last one? Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, who commands U.S. troops there now and also fought to liberate Ramadi six years ago, says he will leave the country this month confident that Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga troops...

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...

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