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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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What Happened When Ash Carter Crashed Davos

January 27, 2016 DAVOS, Switzerland — Past the luxury shops, black cars, and pop-up spaces opened on tiny ski-village streets by iconic banks and technology giants, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter came to the World Economic Forum with dual messages. One for world leaders on this global stage: get into the fight against...

US to Convene 27-Nation Meeting on ISIS

January 20, 2016 PARIS — Following a first-ever meeting of the chief contributors to the counter-ISIS fight, Defense Secretary Ash Carter and his French counterpart in Paris endorsed the stepped-up military campaign against the Islamic State and called for more countries and capabilities to join the fight. Carter said that to continue the...

US to Convene 27-Nation Meeting on ISIS

January 20, 2016 PARIS — Following a first-ever meeting of the chief contributors to the counter-ISIS fight, Defense Secretary Ash Carter and his French counterpart in Paris endorsed the stepped-up military campaign against the Islamic State and called for more countries and capabilities to join the fight. Carter said that to continue the...

Carter Heads to Europe, Seeking Help in Paris, Davos

January 19, 2016 ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT — With Islamic State influence retreating in Iraq, if not elsewhere, Defense Secretary Ash Carter is on his way to Paris and Davos, Switzerland, to seek more help for new offensives from Syria to Afghanistan. It’s the Obama administration’s latest move to assure Europeans and Americans...

Obama: ISIS Losing Territory, Influence As American Troops Push South in Syria

December 14, 2015 During a rare visit to the Pentagon, President Barack Obama detailed point-by-point how U.S.-led forces have stopped the Islamic State’s ground gains in Iraq and Syria, taken back swaths of territory, killed a string of key terrorist leaders, and now are fighting or putting “the squeeze” on major ISIS-held cities....

Obama: ISIS Losing Territory, Influence As US Troops Push South in Syria

December 14, 2015 During a rare visit to the Pentagon, President Barack Obama detailed point-by-point how U.S.-led forces have stopped the Islamic State’s ground gains in Iraq and Syria, taken back swaths of territory, killed a string of key terrorist leaders, and now are fighting or putting “the squeeze” on major ISIS-held cities....

Defense Department: Trump’s Muslim Ban is ‘Counter to National Security’

December 9, 2015 Donald Trump’s idea to ban all Muslim immigrants is more than a bad idea — it would be detrimental to national security, according to the Pentagon and an extraordinary bloc of U.S. leaders across both parties who spoke out in condemnation of the GOP presidential candidate's proposal. "Anything that bolsters...

Pentagon Calls Trump’s Muslim Ban 'Counter to National Security'

December 8, 2015 This article has been updated to include additional reporting. Donald Trump’s idea to ban all Muslim immigrants is more than a bad idea — it would be detrimental to national security, according to the Pentagon and an extraordinary bloc of U.S. leaders across both parties who spoke out in condemnation...

SOCOM’s Votel Is Top Choice to Take Over CENTCOM

December 3, 2015 Gen. Joseph Votel, who leads U.S. Special Operations Command, is the top candidate on a short list to succeed Gen. Lloyd Austin next year as commander of U.S. Central Command, or CENTCOM, and oversee the military’s fight against the Islamic State and terrorism across the Middle East and Afghanistan, Defense...

No Exceptions: Defense Chief Opens All Military Jobs to Women

December 3, 2015 Every job in the U.S. military will be open for women to vie for and serve in — including in the elite special operations forces, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Thursday. “There will be no exceptions,” Carter said, ending months of speculation that some combat units, especially in the Marine...