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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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NATO Caught ‘Surprised’ By Russia’s Move Into Syria

September 10, 2015 When Russia sent military forces into Syria last weekend, it caught NATO by surprise and proved that its members can neither stay ahead of threats nor even decide which ones are the most pressing, the alliance’s intelligence director said. “Are we keeping up with threats?…Absolutely not,” said U.S. Navy Rear...

It wasn’t '500' Iranian IEDs; Pumping the brakes (again) on Gitmo; LCS buzzes boaters; When Trump was a soldier; And a bit more.

September 9, 2015 Democratic Senate support nudges Iran deal beyond critical threshold. U.S. President Barack Obama can now advance a signature foreign policy achievement without having to use a veto to block congressional objections. The latest Yes votes: Oregon’s Ron Wyden, Connecticut’s Richard Blumenthal, Washington’s Maria Cantwell and Michigan’s Gary Peters all lined...

France joins Syria fight, where ‘containment has failed’; UK drones one of its own; State Dept wants to buy cyber rules; And a bit more.

September 8, 2015 France joins fight over Syria. After holding out for two years, France will begin ISR flights and could begin airstrikes in Syria as soon as Tuesday. It’s not that they didn’t want to fight, officials say. France was ready to join the U.S. in airstrikes against President Bashar al-Assad’s forces...

Ash Who? After Six Months On The Job, 44% Have No Opinion on Defense Secretary

September 3, 2015 Defense Secretary Ash Carter registered a lowly 38 percent approval rating in a new poll of U.S. troops, Defense Department civilians, and other national security personnel. Perhaps more revealingly, a larger chunk — 44 percent — said that more than six months into his term, they still have no opinion...

P4’s plan to hire AQ to defeat ISIS; China steals another US military tack; The warship of the future; And a bit more.

September 1, 2015 China is reportedly on the verge of restructuring its military—a “sweeping overhaul,” Bloomberg calls it—“moving it closer to a U.S.-style joint command structure” so that, as President Xi Jinping said, it can “fight and win a modern war” by “shift[ing] from a land-based military to one able to project force...

As New Book Arrives, Pentagon Warns Special Operators Against Leaks

August 31, 2015 MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Defense Secretary Ash Carter warned the U.S. military’s special operators that classified leaks were not theirs to share, four days ahead of the public release of a new book that reveals secret information about recent missions in the war on terrorism. Carter’s remarks are the latest...

China, Russia hacks exploiting US spies; JSOC book leaks worry commanders; Turkey finally bombs ISIS; UAE troops in Yemen; And a bit more.

August 31, 2015 China and Russia are “aggressively aggregating and cross-indexing hacked U.S. computer databases—including security clearance applications, airline records and medical insurance forms—to identify U.S. intelligence officers and agents,” U.S. officials told the L.A. Times. The casualties to U.S. intelligence so far: “At least one clandestine network of American engineers and scientists...

As New Book Arrives, Pentagon Warns Special Operators Against Leaks

August 28, 2015 MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Defense Secretary Ash Carter warned the U.S. military’s special operators that classified leaks were not theirs to share, four days ahead of the public release of a new book that reveals secret information about recent missions in the war on terrorism. Carter’s remarks are the latest...

Flexible Electronics Are the Goal of Pentagon's First Silicon Valley Partnership

August 28, 2015 NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — A partnership to develop electronic components that bend — think touchscreens that wrap around your arm, or aircraft wings made of sensors — is the next step in Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s fast-moving campaign to harness Silicon Valley’s innovation and invite its companies to help create...

Carter: After Joint Chiefs Breach, Defense Needs Stronger Network Security

August 27, 2015 NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nevada – On his way to Silicon Valley, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said a recent intrusion into a Joint Chiefs of Staff computer network shows the military does not have the cyber defenses it needs. Now he wants help. “That is evidence that we’re not doing...