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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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US, Brits point to ISIS bomb fears; Russia sends anti-aircraft systems to Syria; WH ‘should have armed Ukraine’; And a bit more...

November 5, 2015 Bomb fears mount in Russian airliner mystery. British authorities and U.S. intelligence officials say they have information that suggests a bomb brought down the Russian passenger jet that crashed in the Egyptian desert on Saturday, killing all 224 on board. The U.K. announcement sparked a frenzy in Washington, where cautious...

US, UK Officials Suggest Bomb Exploded Russian Airliner, But Urge Caution

November 4, 2015 This article was updated to reflect breaking news developments throughout the day. A bomb may have taken down the Russian airliner that crashed in Egypt’s Sinai region on Saturday, the British government said on Wednesday, suspending all daily British-bound flights departing a southern resort town. The announcement sparked a frenzy...

No Deal on South China Sea; Who’s in charge during a ‘cyber Pearl Harbor’?; Can Ash Carter tame Israel?; GOP’s $5B target list for cuts; And a bit more...

November 4, 2015 Impasse in the South China Sea continues. Any hopes to set up a method to mediate territorial disputes in the SCS sank during U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s visit to Malaysia for the the biannual Asean Defense Ministers Meeting Plus, aka the ADMM+, the Wall Street Journal reports. “The Chinese...

Brinksmanship in the South China Sea; Obama pushes back on no boots pledge in Syria; Did ISIS down the Russian airliner or not?; ‘Advisory drones’ in Syria; And a bit more...

November 3, 2015 U.S. to China: No harm, no foul in the South China Sea. The U.S. Navy wasn’t trying to threaten China militarily with last week’s freedom of navigation patrol through the South China Sea, U.S. Navy Adm. Harry Harris said in his first visit to China as Pacific Command chief. “These...

Homeland Security Wants to Revive Terrorism Alert System

October 14, 2015 President Barack Obama’s top homeland security official has ordered a review of the nation’s terrorism alert system to reflect what he called the growing threat of attacks originating within the United States. The U.S. has never used the National Terrorism Alert System, a two-level system that replaced the oft-derided color-coded...

In Chattanooga’s Wake, DHS Wants To Revive Terrorism Alert System

October 13, 2015 President Barack Obama’s top homeland security official has ordered a review of the nation’s terrorism alert system to reflect what he called the growing threat of attacks originating within the United States. The U.S. has never used the National Terrorism Alert System, a two-level system that replaced the oft-derided color-coded...

The Army's Biggest Concern Right Now Is Congress

October 13, 2015 It’s something of a Washington tradition: the parting shot at Congress by a national-security leader on the way out. On Monday, Army Secretary John McHugh criticized his former fellow lawmakers for not providing clear and predictable funding for the U.S. military. McHugh also had strong words for Beltway types who...

The US Army’s Biggest Concern Right Now Is Congress

October 12, 2015 It’s something of a Washington tradition: the parting shot at Congress by a national-security leader on the way out. On Monday, Army Secretary John McHugh criticized his former fellow lawmakers for not providing clear and predictable funding for the U.S. military. McHugh also had strong words for Beltway types who...

White House Cancels Syrian Train-and-Equip Program

October 9, 2015 President Barack Obama abruptly halted the U.S. effort to find and build a moderate Syrian opposition force on Friday after more than one year and a $500-million budget had failed to produce any significant cohort or gains in the conflict. Instead, the Defense Department will focus on training a small...

Obama Cancels Syrian Train-and-Equip Program

October 9, 2015 President Barack Obama abruptly halted the U.S. effort to find and build a moderate Syrian opposition force on Friday after more than one year and a $500-million budget had failed to produce any significant cohort or gains in the conflict. Instead, the Defense Department will focus on training a small...