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Executive Editor, Defense One Kevin Baron is executive editor of Defense One. A 15-year veteran of Washington’s defense, national security and foreign affairs scene, Baron has covered the military, the Pentagon, Congress and politics for Foreign Policy, National Journal, Stars and Stripes, the Boston Globe’s Washington bureau, and the Center for Public Integrity. Baron is vice president of the Pentagon Press Association.
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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 Take-Over 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 ...

Still a Long Way from Asian NATO

May 31, 2014 SINGAPORE -- Don’t call it Asian NATO. Not yet. But something is brewing in the Asia-Pacific region lately and it feels like the birth of a new collective security architecture. Or maybe, just the conception. For several years at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue conference of defense ministers, the United States ...