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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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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...

ISIS-in-Afghanistan Is Losing Recruits to Other Groups, US Officials Say

April 24, 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...

With Mattis Visiting, Netanyahu Applauds Trump’s Military Strikes

April 21, 2017 JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu embraced U.S. President Donald Trump’s more aggressive American foreign policies and recent willingness to use military strikes against Syria, praising the new administration during visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. While showering the usual praise on U.S.-Israeli shared security commitments to fight...

WH (same old) options for North Korea; Mattis’s MidEast tour; USMC doubts in Australia; Trump say what about Turkey?; And a bit more.

April 18, 2017 President Trump says North Korea has “gotta behave” as White House officials seek non-military answers. With the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier still steaming toward the peninsula and Pacific Command tweeting out provocative shows-of-force, like this, we now hear: “The administration has teed up additional sanctions on North Korea –...

Pence’s threat from the DMZ; Spectacle and kaput in North Korea; McMaster in Af-Pak; Dunford in the Boston Marathon; And a bit more.

April 17, 2017 Pence dons a bomber jacket and issues a threat from the DMZ. North Koreans could face U.S. military strikes like in Syria and Afghanistan if it continues with its nuclear program, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said— well, implied—from the fraught patch of turf linking North and South Korea on...

‘No Doubt’ Syria Behind Chemical Attack, Mattis Says

April 12, 2017 There is “no doubt” Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is behind a last week’s chemical weapons attack in Khan Sheikhoun, Defense Secretary James Mattis said Tuesday. The top U.S. military leader claimed the Syrian regime’s “inexplicably ruthless murders” violated a United Nations convention dating to before World War II, and issued...

‘No Doubt’ Syria Behind Chemical Attack, Mattis Says

April 11, 2017 There is “no doubt” Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is behind a last week’s chemical weapons attack in Khan Sheikhoun, Defense Secretary James Mattis said Tuesday. The top U.S. military leader claimed the Syrian regime’s “inexplicably ruthless murders” violated a United Nations convention dating to before World War II, and issued...

Trump leans on China, North Korea; Dunford takes Kushner to Iraq; Egypt at the WH; #SAS2017 livestream; Q&A on Space War; And a bit more.

April 3, 2017 Trump teases unilateral action (strikes?) against North Korea just days ahead of his White House meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. President Donald Trump: “China has great influence over North Korea. And China will either decide to help us with North Korea, or they won’t. If they do, that will...

US airstrikes causing panic; The Taliban’s map of Afghanistan; How AI will shape the next war; The 240-rocket semitruck; And just a bit more...

March 29, 2017 U.S. airstrikes are causing panic in Iraq and Syria. “A sharp rise in the number of civilians reported killed in U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria is spreading panic, deepening mistrust and triggering accusations that the United States and its partners may be acting without sufficient regard for lives of...

What One Joint Chief Of Staff Thinks of Trump

March 22, 2017 So, what is Trump like when he meets with the generals? We’ve heard a lot of hand-wringing outside the White House Situation Room that President Donald Trump is giving too much deference to “the generals.” After all, he appointed newly retired generals as civilian secretaries of the Pentagon and Department...

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