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Kevin Baron

Executive Editor, Defense One Kevin Baron is executive editor of Defense One. He is also national security/military analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. Baron has covered the military, the Pentagon, Congress and politics for Foreign Policy, National Journal, and Stars and Stripes. He previously ran investigative projects for five years at the Boston Globe’s Washington bureau, and cut his muckraking teeth at the Center for Public Integrity. Baron is twice a Polk Award winner and former vice president of the Pentagon Press Association. He earned his M.A. from George Washington University and B.A. from the University of Richmond. Raised in Florida, Baron lives in Northern Virginia with his three sons.
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‘No Doubt’ Syria Behind Chemical Attack, Mattis Says

April 11, 2017 There is “no doubt” Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is behind a last week’s chemical weapons attack in Khan Sheikhoun, Defense Secretary James Mattis said Tuesday. The top U.S. military leader claimed the Syrian regime’s “inexplicably ruthless murders” violated a United Nations convention dating to before World War II, and issued...

Trump leans on China, North Korea; Dunford takes Kushner to Iraq; Egypt at the WH; #SAS2017 livestream; Q&A on Space War; And a bit more.

April 3, 2017 Trump teases unilateral action (strikes?) against North Korea just days ahead of his White House meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. President Donald Trump: “China has great influence over North Korea. And China will either decide to help us with North Korea, or they won’t. If they do, that will...

US airstrikes causing panic; The Taliban’s map of Afghanistan; How AI will shape the next war; The 240-rocket semitruck; And just a bit more...

March 29, 2017 U.S. airstrikes are causing panic in Iraq and Syria. “A sharp rise in the number of civilians reported killed in U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria is spreading panic, deepening mistrust and triggering accusations that the United States and its partners may be acting without sufficient regard for lives of...

What One Joint Chief Of Staff Thinks of Trump

March 22, 2017 So, what is Trump like when he meets with the generals? We’ve heard a lot of hand-wringing outside the White House Situation Room that President Donald Trump is giving too much deference to “the generals.” After all, he appointed newly retired generals as civilian secretaries of the Pentagon and Department...

What One Joint Chief Of Staff Thinks of Trump

March 22, 2017 So, what is Trump like when he meets with the generals? We’ve heard a lot of hand-wringing outside the White House Situation Room that President Donald Trump is giving too much deference to “the generals.” After all, he appointed newly retired generals as civilian secretaries of the Pentagon and Department...

THAAD arrives in Korea; How Iraq got off the travel-ban list; Has the F-35 already seen combat?; US SOF is still hunting Kony; and just a bit more...

March 7, 2017 THAAD arrives in South Korea. The first elements of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system have been deployed, U.S. Pacific Command announced Monday evening. The move comes less than two days after North Korea launched four likely SCUD missiles toward Japan (video here), and less than a day after...

'Winning' or Not, Trump Doesn't Seem to Be Listening To His Generals

February 28, 2017 Is Trump going to listen to his generals or not? Are they the best or the worst? Is he with them or against them? In the past month, President Donald Trump has met with four of the most important U.S. generals in the military to discuss terrorism and the war...

Coalition troops storm into west Mosul; USAF’s new weapons to kill ISIS drones; POTUS and the nukes; VX in Malaysia; When ‘military’ isn’t ‘military’; And a bit more.

February 24, 2017 Obama’s last order: U.S. troops finally allowed to fight on Iraqi front, we’ve learned overnight. “The United States has adjusted its rules of engagement as American and other international troops are now closer to front-line fighting than before,” AP reports this morning south of Mosul. What’s new? “During the push...

Coalition takes Mosul airport; McRaven lectures Trump on the 'enemy'; Turkey’s rebels ‘liberate’ Al-Bab; McCain to Syria; And a bit more.

February 23, 2017 Iraqis (and Americans) take Mosul airport. Iraqi forces fought Islamic State militants from two directions along a “sprawling military base outside of Mosul and onto the grounds of the city's airport, taking control of the runway amid fierce exchanges of fire,” AP reports in the latest from the months-long offensive...

Mosul’s new phase; McMaster to the Situation Room; WH confuses Europe; Mattis says no to Iraqi oil theft; Gorka, in context; Drone suicide boat in Yemen; And a bit more.

February 21, 2017 McMaster to the White House. The president will hold a National Security Council briefing in the Situation Room today with his new national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster. With the 3-star general in place, “President Donald Trump added one of the most talented officers the U.S. Army has ever...