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Kevin Baron

Executive Editor 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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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...

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...