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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 ends train-and-equip; Let Putin fail in Syria; Milley sets three goals; Pentagon snack hack; and a bit more...

October 9, 2015 BREAKING: Obama cancels Syria train-and-equip program. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and unnamed U.S. officials with the traveling press corps at NATO headquarters said President Barack Obama on Friday is expected to announce the end of the $500 million program to train and equip Syrian rebels. It’s a not-so-stunning admission that...

Assad goes on the attack; Pakistan buys Chinese subs; Fear rules Syrian-refugee policy; Senate passes NDAA; and a bit more...

October 8, 2015 ‘Wide scale offensive’ in Syria…by the Syrians. The fighting escalated Thursday, but not because the U.S. or U.S.-backed rebels are driving back the Islamic State or Bashar al-Assad’s murderous regime. It’s Assad who is on the attack. Gen. Ali Abdullah Ayyoub, Syria’s Army chief of staff, said under the cover...

Senate tests Obama’s veto; Gridlock threatens DOD weapons projects; Campbell: Only U.S. to blame; F-35s with lasers?; and a bit more...

October 7, 2015 Senate clears NDAA...for Obama to veto. While the House remains gridlocked on the budget, senators moved the $612 billion defense policy bill one step closer to passage—and Barack Obama’s veto pen—on Tuesday, showing their increasingly rare ability to govern (one week late into the new fiscal year) but with a...

Moscow to send troops to Syria; Russian jets over Turkey; U.S. arms losing their edge; Afghans blamed for hospital strike; and a bit more...

October 6, 2015 Russia says it will send ‘volunteer’ ground forces to Syria, ratcheting up its involvement in the war there, the New York Times reports. “Although President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia said he would not put troops in Syria, the plan for so-called volunteers was disclosed Monday by his top military...

US hospital strike stuns; Saudis blame US intel in Yemen; Doubts on ‘building partner capacity’; Syria’s endgame, featuring Iran; and a bit more...

October 5, 2015 War crime? Leaders of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) accused U.S. military commanders in Afghanistan of possible war crimes for killing 22 staff and patients in a deliberate airstrike on the Kunduz hospital this weekend. Investigations underway. President Barack Obama offered condolences and said the incident would be investigated....

U.S., Russia Discussing Deconfliction in Syria — One Day After Russian Strikes Begin

October 1, 2015 This post has been updated. U.S. and Russian officials have begun talking about how to keep their militaries from accidentally running into each other in Syria and Iraq — three days after Moscow pledged to join such talks, and one day after its aircraft began dropping bombs on Syrian targets....

Allen Quits ISIS War Envoy Job

September 22, 2015 More than a year after publicly pressing President Barack Obama to “destroy” the Islamic State with swift and decisive American military intervention in Iraq and Syria, retired Gen. John Allen reportedly will step down from the special-envoy job created to do just that. Allen leaves behind an arguably more powerful...

Allen Quits ISIS War Envoy Job, One Year After Calling for Group’s Destruction

September 22, 2015 More than a year after publicly pressing President Barack Obama to “destroy” the Islamic State with swift and decisive American military intervention in Iraq and Syria, retired Gen. John Allen reportedly will step down from the special-envoy job created to do just that. Allen leaves behind an arguably more powerful...

New Poll Shows Why Trump is Winning, Even on Foreign Policy

September 16, 2015 What really matters to voters is that when they feel threatened, they want their president to strike back. On terrorism. On the Iran deal. On China. When they don’t feel threatened on, say, climate change, they don’t really care. And that’s why Donald Trump has a better shot of winning...

NATO’s intel shortage; Russia tries playing nice over Syria; NIBMY over Gitmo; the 500; And a bit more.

September 11, 2015 Editor’s note: Today, we remember. To all of our readers in the national security profession, we remember where we were on September 11, 2001, and what led us to our callings. Whether at the Pentagon or around the world, we join in recalling those who perished on that day and...