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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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Will Anyone Care About Trump's Barely-Different Afghanistan War Plan?

11:33 AM ET In one tweet, back in 2013, Donald Trump summed up his view of the Afghanistan War, and pretty much any U.S. military intervention overseas. Get out, he said. “We should leave Afghanistan immediately. No more wasted lives. If we have to go back in, we go in hard & quick....

Will Anyone Care About Trump's Barely-Different Afghanistan War Plan?

August 21, 2017 In one tweet, back in 2013, Donald Trump summed up his view of the Afghanistan War, and pretty much any U.S. military intervention overseas. Get out, he said. “We should leave Afghanistan immediately. No more wasted lives. If we have to go back in, we go in hard & quick....

Trump’s Transgender Troop Ban Sparks An Instant Opposition of Unusual Allies

July 27, 2017 As fast as President Donald Trump upended the U.S. military on Wednesday morning by tweeting his intent to ban transgender Americans from the armed forces, he faced intense blowback from members of Congress, advocacy groups, and national security leaders calling the move discriminatory, unnecessary, and alarmingly out of touch with...

Trump’s Transgender Troop Ban Sparks An Instant Opposition of Unusual Allies

July 26, 2017 As fast as President Donald Trump upended the U.S. military on Wednesday morning by tweeting his intent to ban transgender Americans from the armed forces, he faced intense blowback from members of Congress, advocacy groups, and national security leaders calling the move discriminatory, unnecessary, and alarmingly out of touch with...

Why John McCain Matters More than the GOP Realizes

July 20, 2017 Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is the leading national security voice of the Republican Party and has been for at least a decade now. That’s a problem, for the GOP, and the American people. Let me explain — but first, we at Defense One were saddened to hear the news of...

New Tactics, Quicker Decisions Are Helping to ‘Annihilate’ ISIS, Pentagon Says

May 22, 2017 President Donald Trump’s new war plan for the Islamic State is working well, said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford. In their first joint appearance since Trump took office, the Pentagon leaders characterized ISIS as a shadow of its former self and doomed to lose...

New Tactics, Quicker Decisions Are Helping to ‘Annihilate’ ISIS, Pentagon Says

May 19, 2017 President Donald Trump’s new war plan for the Islamic State is working well, said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford. In their first joint appearance since Trump took office, the Pentagon leaders characterized ISIS as a shadow of its former self and doomed to lose...

Spy Chief Searching for Cuts Across Entire U.S. Intelligence Community

May 13, 2017 In one breath, President Donald Trump’s new director of national intelligence told lawmakers that threats to the United States are growing in size and complexity — and in the next, that he is looking for cuts across the entire U.S. intelligence community. Director Dan Coats told a Senate panel Thursday...

Spy Chief Searching for Cuts Across Entire US Intelligence Community

May 11, 2017 In one breath, President Donald Trump’s new director of national intelligence told lawmakers that threats to the United States are growing in size and complexity — and in the next, that he is looking for cuts across the entire U.S. intelligence community. Director Dan Coats told a Senate panel Thursday...

ISIS-in-Afghanistan Is Losing Recruits to Other Groups, U.S. Officials Say

April 25, 2017 KABUL, Afghanistan — The Islamic State branch in Afghanistan, target of the U.S. military’s massive “mother of all bombs” this month, quickly is losing its luster, according to U.S. war commanders here. Thanks to mounting pressure — the U.S.-led coalition claims to have killed hundreds of their fighters in two...