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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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Keep Him! VA Problems Not On Shinseki, Says Sanders

May 23, 2014 Unequivocally, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., now believes that Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki should not lose his job following allegations that VA health care workers falsified records of wait times for medical care in the federal system. In an extensive interview, the chairman of the Senate Veteran Affairs Committee defended...

U.S. ‘Not on a Path‘ To Help Syrian Rebels Win, Says Dempsey

May 14, 2014 Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey says the United States is not providing Syrian rebels what they would need to win the war against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Dempsey’s remarks keep the chairman – a former division commander in the Iraq war – on familiar footing, as he leads top...

Hagel Warns Against Isolationism

May 6, 2014 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel offered perhaps his most forceful justification for maintaining robust American military power and global engagement in the face of public pressure to pull back from global affairs, arguing in a major speech that United States national security requires strong military and non-military leadership abroad. Hagel’s remarks...

Number of Foreign Fighters in Syria Jumped from 800 to 8,000 in the Past Year

April 16, 2014 TAMPA, Fla. -- Last year, U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno predicted that Syria’s rebels would soon be victorious over President Bashar al-Assad’s iron regime without the direct intervention of American troops. One year later, as Syria’s worsening civil war has morphed, so has the challenge of tracking...

Fort Hood Shooting Rampage Leaves 4 Dead, 16 Injured

April 2, 2014 This breaking news story has been updated. Another soldier-shooter has opened fired at Fort Hood, Texas, leaving four people dead -- three victims and the assailant, a soldier -- and injuring 16 others. “The shooter is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” said Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, Fort Hood’s commanding...

Fort Hood Shooting Rampage Leaves 4 Dead, 16 Injured

April 2, 2014 This story has been updated. Another soldier-shooter has opened fired at Fort Hood, Texas, leaving four people dead -- three victims and the assailant, a soldier -- and injuring 16 others. “The shooter is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” said Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, Fort Hood’s commanding officer. Milley,...

Around Government

March 28, 2014 Northern Exposure The U.S. military charts an eight-point plan for securing the Arctic and its natural resources. By Kevin Baron The Arctic has gained increased attention in national security circles as melting ice caps promise new access to strategic positions and undersea resources for three of the world’s most powerful...

Stealthy Advance

March 28, 2014 It doesn’t look like a ship. It doesn’t even feel like a ship. The hallways are too wide. The ceilings are incredibly high. There’s barely an outdoor deck. No bridge tower. No lookout crow’s nests. Flat-screen TV mounts are everywhere. In fact, the only sign that this is a ship...

U.S., U.K. Militaries Sidelined as Obama Challenges Russia

March 26, 2014 The United States and British defense secretaries seemed resigned to the fact that that there is little their militaries should do to reverse Russia’s invasion and annexation of a NATO partner's territory and instead advocated for a series of non-military “consequences” for Moscow following a Pentagon meeting on Wednesday that...

Hagel Orders 'Troubling Gaps' Closed in DOD Background Checks, May Cut Clearances

March 18, 2014 Defense Department personnel with secret clearances soon will face tougher "continuous evaluation," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said, heeding the recommendations of three separate investigations into last year’s Washington Navy Yard shooting. The department’s actions, Hagel said, fulfill his pledge to correct “gaps or inadequacies in the department's security” that facilitated...