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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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China’s New Islands Are Clearly Military, U.S. Pacific Chief Says

July 24, 2015 ASPEN, Colo. – The top U.S. military officer in the Pacific sternly warned China on Friday to immediately cease its “aggressive coercive island building” in the South China Sea, which he argued was intended clearly for China’s military use as forward operating bases in combat against their regional neighbors. Adm....

Arming recruiters; Bibi disses Ash; Antimatter and the Iran deal; Cuba wants Gitmo back; Evolving ISIS; And a bit more.

July 21, 2015 U.S. military recruiting centers have been ordered to step up their security protocols after Thursday’s two-site rampage in Chattanooga, Tenn. that killed four Marines and a Navy petty officer. Escalate security how, exactly? By “increas[ing] surveillance and tak[ing] basic steps such as closing blinds at the offices,” WSJ’s Dion Nissenbaum...

After Chattanooga, arm troops stateside?; Lockheed acquires Blackhawk maker Sikorsky; Trump insults his way to relevance; Dempsey’s final word on Iraq; And a bit more.

July 20, 2015 The search for answers in last Thursday’s shooting that killed five service members at two military centers in Chattanooga, Tenn., now includes depression, drug and alcohol abuse—as well as a trip to Jordan last year where the shooter reportedly attempted to “clean himself up.” First responses: take guns out... and...

Don't Expect Obama To Budge on His High Bar For Intervention

July 7, 2015 If only the U.S. had an “effective partner” on the ground in Iraq, things would be different, said President Barack Obama. If only the U.S. could find adequately trained and equipped ground troops to complement its air campaign against the Islamic State, the commander-in-chief said. If only the world had...

Putin’s ‘military Disneyland’ not the happiest place; ‘Warheads on foreheads’ scrutinized; NDAA ahead of schedule; The hack from left field; And a bit more.

June 17, 2015 Russian President Vladimir Putin rather humorlessly (Is there any other kind?) marked the opening of his country’s “military Disneyland” about an hour from Moscow. But instead of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Putin announced a Tomorrowland-sized upgrade with the addition of 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles to Russia’s nuclear arsenal. Putin...

Iraq fights back; Carter orders China to halt; Top Iran negotiator quitting; Pentagon’s ‘oops’ on anthrax; And a bit more.

May 28, 2015 The counteroffensive to take back Anbar is underway, Iraq says. Well, the amassing to begin the combat, at least. Washington is nervously waiting and watching Iraqi forces allied with Iranian-backed Shiite militias, as CNN shows, who say they’re cutting off Islamic State, or ISIS, supply lines to retake the mostly-Sunni...

DoD Workers Want More of Everything In Fight Against ISIS, Except Ground Troops

May 19, 2015 The paradox of ISIS war frustrations is starkly revealed in a new poll of senior national security workers who want to do more of everything the Obama administration is already doing to defeat the terrorist organization, except send U.S. troops. A vast majority of respondents — mostly senior Defense Department...

US Special Ops Troops Kill ISIS Leader in Syria Raid

May 16, 2015 U.S. Special Operations troops killed a top leader of the Islamic State group during a covert raid in eastern Syria Friday night, according to American officials. The raid appears to be the first publicly revealed offensive U.S. military operation on Syrian soil in the coalition fight against ISIS. The Army...

US Military Concerned ISIS Fighters Returning to Caribbean Could Reach Border

March 12, 2015 The war in Syria has attracted roughly 100 foreign fighters from the Caribbean who could easily make their way to the United States, said the top U.S. military commander for the southern hemisphere. With little ability to track and monitor foreign fighters when they return, it would be relatively easy...

US Military Reveals Massive Plan To Attack, Retake Mosul From Islamic State

February 19, 2015 U.S. forces are amassing and training 20,000 to 25,000 Iraqi and Kurdish forces in preparation for a spring attack to retake Mosul, Iraq from an estimated 1,000 to 2,000 fighters of the Islamic State, or ISIS. In an extraordinary briefing for reporters, an official from U.S. Central Command, or CENTCOM,...