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Kevin Baron

Executive Editor, Defense One Kevin Baron is the founding executive editor of Defense One. Baron has lived in Washington for 20 years, covering international affairs, the military, the Pentagon, Congress, and politics for Foreign Policy, National Journal, Stars and Stripes, and the Boston Globe, where he ran investigative projects for five years at the Washington bureau. He is a frequent on-air contributor and previously was national security/military analyst at NBC News & MSNBC. Baron cut his muckraking teeth at the Center for Public Integrity and he is twice a Polk Award winner and former vice president of the Pentagon Press Association. He earned his M.A. in media and public affairs from George Washington University, his B.A. in international studies from the University of Richmond, and studied in Paris. Raised in Florida, Baron now lives in Northern Virginia.
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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...

No Exceptions: Carter 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...

US Deploying a ‘Targeting Force’ to Iraq, Syria. Expect Unilateral Special-Ops Raids.

December 1, 2015 President Barack Obama is deploying "a specialized expeditionary targeting force to assist Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces and to put even more pressure on ISIS," Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress on Tuesday, in testimony that publicly recognized and explained an escalation of U.S. military involvement on the ground in...

Kunduz Investigation Blames Aircrew, SOF Commander, Computers

November 25, 2015 U.S. military commanders blamed an American special operations commander on the ground, the aircrew of the attack aircraft in the sky, commanders at Bagram airbase, and faulty equipment for a string of bad decisions that led them on Oct. 3 to destroy the Médecins Sans Frontières, or MSF, hospital in...

Kunduz Investigation Blames Aircrew, SOF Commander, Computers

November 25, 2015 U.S. military commanders blamed an American special operations commander on the ground, the aircrew of the attack aircraft in the sky, commanders at Bagram airbase, and faulty equipment for a string of bad decisions that led them on Oct. 3 to destroy the Médecins Sans Frontières, or MSF, hospital in...

Clinton Details A More Aggressive US Plan for Middle East, Terrorism

November 19, 2015 Less than one week after the Paris attacks, Hillary Clinton called for intensifying the U.S. attack on terror groups by launching an “intelligence surge,” deploying more special operations forces to Iraq and Syria, directly arming Kurd and Sunni fighters, and establishing a Syrian no-fly zone to undergird U.S. efforts at...

US Air Strike Hits ISIS in Libya, Chief Presumed Dead

November 14, 2015 This story was updated to include breaking news. The head of the Islamic State in Libya is presumed dead after a U.S. airstrike targeted him early Saturday. A senior U.S. official told Defense One that the man who goes by the nom de guerre Abu Nabil, or Abu Nabil al...

Obama: ‘certainly possible’ a bomb; Putin halts flights; Bomber contract protest is in; Egypt crash hates your secure texts; Pentagon wants lethal cyber weaps; Nuclear fender-bender!?; And bit more...

November 6, 2015 Obama “certainly possible” bomb took down Russian airliner crash. President Barack Obama is the latest to get in line behind what appears, likely, maybe, possibly, seems that a bomb downed a Russian airliner Saturday killing all on board as it crashed in the Sinai desert. “We are going to spend...