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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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There’s Little the U.S. Could Have Done for Iraq, Hagel and Dempsey Say

June 18, 2014 In their first public remarks since Islamic insurgents stretching back to Syria overran much of Iraq, United States defense leaders told Congress that the Obama administration was assessing Baghdad’s defenses and waiting for more intelligence about enemy forces before deploying any American military intervention to stop the advance. But the...

McCain Calls for Obama’s National Security Team to Resign Over Iraq

June 12, 2014 Roaring onto the Senate floor as swaths of Iraq fall to insurgent control, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said the entire Obama administration national security team, including Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, should resign for failing to keep Iraq secure. “Could all this have been avoided? …The answer is absolutely...

They Will Never March Down the Champs-Élysées

June 8, 2014 PARIS – While last week marked the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion at Normandy, take a moment to remember that by June 6, 1944, here in Paris Nazi troops had been marching daily down the famed Avenue des Champs-Élysées for four years. June 14 is the 74th anniversary of...

Meet the Insurgency: Inside the Liberal Takeover of U.S. National Security

June 6, 2014 Long before John Kerry's Election Day defeat in 2004, his supporters had grown tired of seeing Democrats labeled the weaker party on national security. A few of them pledged never again to be branded as soft on defense. But the problem was that these inspired wonks didn't know how to...

Hagel Visits U.S. Warship in Black Sea at ‘Troubling Time’

June 5, 2014 ABOARD THE USS VELLA GULF – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visited a U.S. guided-missile warship in the Black Sea on Thursday in a high-level show of support for NATO’s Eastern European flank, just down the shore from the Russian invasion of Crimea. Hagel flew from NATO headquarters to Romania to...

Dunford Expects Nearly 14,000 Troops in Post-War Afghanistan

June 4, 2014 BRUSSELS -- The top Afghanistan war commander, Gen. Joseph Dunford, said he is confident that NATO members will contribute at least 4,000 additional conventional military forces to the post-war mission in Afghanistan, which when combined with the American commitment of 9,800 would bring the total number of foreign troops to...

Obama, Hagel, Kerry on NATO Defense Blitz

June 3, 2014 BRUSSELS -- In Europe hoping to capitalize on the fears of a renewed Russian threat, President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel pledged to defend the continent and announced $1 billion in additional military measures aimed at deterring Russia. They also pleaded with NATO...

Dempsey: Bergdahl Is 'Innocent Until Proven Guilty'

June 3, 2014 This story has been updated. BRUSSELS – Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey pledged that the Army “will not look away from misconduct” in the case of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, while defending the United States’ effort to recover the soldier “from enemy captivity.” Dempsey’s statement is the strongest indication from...

In Afghanistan, Hagel Defends Bergdahl Mission

June 1, 2014 BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Afghanistan on Sunday for an unannounced visit to United States troops where all the talk was about one man: freed American POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Hagel defended the Obama administration’s decision to swap five Taliban prisoners for one American...

American POW Bergdahl Freed in Prisoner Exchange

May 31, 2014 American Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been freed from captivity in Afghanistan in a prisoner exchange with the Taliban, President Barack Obama announced Saturday. Bergdhal, 28, of Hailey, Idaho, was recovered at around 10:30 eastern time on Saturday. He has been held by the Taliban since he went missing in June...