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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US Special Operators Accelerate Killings of ISIS Leaders

October 23, 2016 ERBIL, Iraq – U.S. special operators in northern Iraq and Syria are killing Islamic State leaders at a faster pace, disrupting the organization’s defense of Mosul and, more importantly to Pentagon leaders, their ability to plot attacks against the United States and other targets outside the region. Defense Secretary Ash...

The Worst Is Yet To Come in Mosul, US Leaders Say

October 22, 2016 BAGHDAD – The battle for Mosul has seen snipers, car bombs, missiles, oil-filled moats waiting for the torch, secret village-to-village tunnels, and a burning sulfur plant — and yet U.S. war leaders here warn that this is the light stuff. With each advance of Iraqi, Kurdish, and American forces, ISIS...

As Mosul Battle Rages, Carter Heads to Europe for Anti-ISIS Talks

October 21, 2016 ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT – As the battle for Mosul rages, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is en route to the Middle East for talks with regional allies Turkey and the United Arab Emirates this weekend, and then on to Europe where counter-ISIS and NATO leaders will meet to assess...

As Mosul Battle Rages, Carter Heads to Europe for Anti-ISIS Talks

October 20, 2016 ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT – As the battle for Mosul rages, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is en route to the Middle East for talks with regional allies Turkey and the United Arab Emirates this weekend, and then on to Europe where counter-ISIS and NATO leaders will meet to assess...

EXCLUSIVE: ISIS ‘Will Fight to the Death’ for Mosul, Says Top Peshmerga General

September 22, 2016 ERBIL, Iraq – When Kurdish Peshmerga, Iraqi army, and U.S.-led coalition forces move to liberate nearby Mosul, possibly within two weeks, Islamic State fighters will not abandon their prized city and quietly slink away as many in Washington have predicted, according to the Peshmerga’s top military officer. “They will fight...

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...

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