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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Carter warns against ISIS war buildup; B-2s bomb Libya; Assad teases reconciliation; Most ISIS commanders in Mosul are dead; Private air force for sale; And a bit more.

January 19, 2017 U.S. airstrikes resumed in Libya, CNN reports this morning less than a month after AFRICOM announced an end to attacks on the ISIS-held town of Sirte. Drones and B-2 bombers hit two ISIS camps, killing “several dozen” ISIS fighters roughly 45 km southwest of Sirte overnight in an operation coordinated...

Trump’s ISIS war plans are in the works; The determination of Russian hackers; Manning and Cartwright get early release; Gabbard goes to Syria; And a bit more.

January 18, 2017 Military readies ISIS war options for Trump. While Iraqi special forces celebrate retaking the eastern half of Mosul from Islamic State fighters this morning, the Pentagon is set to present more aggressive war plans to defeat the group, which could include sending additional U.S. troops into direct combat, CNN’s Barbara...

SPECIAL REPORT: The Military Loves the Obama Doctrine. Can It Survive Trump?

January 15, 2017 ERBIL, Iraq – There’s no welcome sign at this U.S military base discreetly tucked into the corner of the Kurdistan International Airport in northern Iraq. It doesn’t even have a name. But it’s here. Thousands of troops are here, including Americans, Germans, Italians, Finns, and Brits. And this time, it...

Trump tweet bombs defense industry; Wants a nuclear arms race?; Berlin attacker killed; Airline hijacking; Aleppo; Turkey; CNO stopping by; And just a bit more...

December 23, 2016 Editor’s Note: The D Brief takes it’s annual holiday break next week and we hope you are, too. We’ll see you back in your inbox on Jan. 3. From our families to yours, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and please have a safe and happy New Year. Trump’s drops an F-35...

Trump and Pentagon brass talk future weapons; UN to prep cases on Syrian war crimes; Blackout in Ukraine (again); How the DNC hackers bugged Ukraine’s military; And a bit more.

December 22, 2016 President-elect Trump and the Pentagon’s top F-35 general hug it out: Just two days after the F-35 boss publicly rebuked his future commander in chief, for calling the overpriced, overdue fighter jet program “out of control,” the three-star general was summoned to Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, where Trump...

New twist in Berlin; Trump convenes natsec team; Palantir at Trump’s table; 100 Russian spies in the U.S.; New fighter jet from design to flight in 1 year; And a bit more.

December 21, 2016 Manhunt in Berlin. German authorities are pursuing a Tunisian man in the wake of the Monday truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin that killed a dozen people, Agence France-Presse reports after officials found an ID in the vehicle. “Asylum office papers believed to belong to the man were...

Terror by truck in Berlin; Russia’s CSI in Ankara; F-35 chief fires back at Trump; Bye-bye, F-4s; and just a bit more….

December 20, 2016 German officials are still trying to determine who was behind the truck attack that killed 12 people and injured 48 at a crowded market in Berlin on Monday. What happened: “A tractor-trailer truck jumped a sidewalk around 8 p.m. and plowed into the market near the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church,...

5 terrorist attacks in 5 cities; Syria war heats up; Grappling with Russian hacking; Trump on China, IC, F-35; and just a bit more...

December 12, 2016 While U.S. lawmakers and officials turned their eye to Russia’s influence warfare on democracy this weekend (more on that below), terrorists across five countries killed nearly 200 people, and the Syrian war escalated on multiple fronts. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Saturday announced the Pentagon would send 203 new...

What You Don’t Know About Gen. John Kelly

December 7, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, President-elect Donald Trump has nominated for the Homeland Security Department an outspoken, media-friendly combat veteran who lost a son to the war on terrorism and dozens of childhood friends to the war on drugs. If you think Gen. Jim Mattis is a gruff...

What You Don’t Know About Gen. John Kelly

December 7, 2016 In retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, President-elect Donald Trump has nominated for the Department of Homeland Security an outspoken, media-friendly combat veteran who lost a son to the war on terrorism and dozens of childhood friends to the war on drugs. If you think Gen. Jim Mattis is a...

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