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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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First Women Complete Army's Ranger School

August 18, 2015 American women have seen combat, fought in wars, and died on battlefields. But for the first time, two of them have completed the U.S. Army’s Ranger School, the service’s most grueling course for combat leaders. On Friday, they will don the Ranger “tab,” a shoulder patch borne only by those...

Female Rangers make history; Bombing in Bangkok; Di$crepancy in LRSB costs?; Moscow Twitter trolls US intel; Rubik’s cube puzzler; And a bit more.

August 18, 2015 A hearty, historic congrats to the Army’s first two Ranger-qualified females—but the question now shifts to what comes next? And it’s looming larger than ever over the Pentagon as Defense Secretary Ash Carter mulls a monumental policy decision expected by year’s end, Defense One’s Kevin Baron writes. “American women have...

Tabbed! Female Rangers Lead the Way, but Now What?

August 17, 2015 American women have seen combat, fought in wars, and died on battlefields. But for the first time, two of them have completed the U.S. Army’s Ranger School, the service’s most grueling course for combat leaders. On Friday, they will don the Ranger “tab,” a shoulder patch borne only by those...

Trump targets Jeb Bush’s Iraq; Hillary hits back; US pulling Turkey’s Patriots; ‘Gitmo’ search; Fallen Army Golden Knight; And a bit more.

August 17, 2015 The 2016 fun continues today in Iowa—where the fight against ISIS in Iraq, among other national security issues, became a hot attack line for politicians seeking the White House. The candidates are trying to generate some momentum in the early-voting state. But if the loneliest man at the fair (Rick...

CIA vs. Obama’s ‘optimistic’ ISIS talk; New DIA chief speaks; After Mullah Omar; Carter to arm recruiters; Hacking infrastructure; US-trained Syrian rebels kidnapped; And a bit more.

July 31, 2015 Multiple U.S. intelligence assessments contradict the Obama administration’s “optimistic line” on ISIS and on how much the Islamic State has been degraded across Iraq and Syria, according to the Associated Press. Catch that dismal roll-up from “the CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency and others” over here. “‘We've seen no meaningful...

Exclusive: Odierno’s final plans for Big Army; Ash & Demps’ Iran hearing; Saudis want Patriots; Post-Omar Taliban; Death Star laser; And a bit more.

July 30, 2015 It was Ash Carter’s turn to defend the Iran deal, so the White House sent him to face Senate Republicans armed and ready—and with some backup. The result was a rare sight yesterday on the Hill: Four cabinet-level secretaries and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff testifying at...

China’s New Islands Are Clearly Military, U.S. Pacific Chief Says

July 24, 2015 ASPEN, Colo. – The top U.S. military officer in the Pacific sternly warned China on Friday to immediately cease its “aggressive coercive island building” in the South China Sea, which he argued was intended clearly for China’s military use as forward operating bases in combat against their regional neighbors. Adm....

Arming recruiters; Bibi disses Ash; Antimatter and the Iran deal; Cuba wants Gitmo back; Evolving ISIS; And a bit more.

July 21, 2015 U.S. military recruiting centers have been ordered to step up their security protocols after Thursday’s two-site rampage in Chattanooga, Tenn. that killed four Marines and a Navy petty officer. Escalate security how, exactly? By “increas[ing] surveillance and tak[ing] basic steps such as closing blinds at the offices,” WSJ’s Dion Nissenbaum...

After Chattanooga, arm troops stateside?; Lockheed acquires Blackhawk maker Sikorsky; Trump insults his way to relevance; Dempsey’s final word on Iraq; And a bit more.

July 20, 2015 The search for answers in last Thursday’s shooting that killed five service members at two military centers in Chattanooga, Tenn., now includes depression, drug and alcohol abuse—as well as a trip to Jordan last year where the shooter reportedly attempted to “clean himself up.” First responses: take guns out... and...

Don't Expect Obama To Budge on His High Bar For Intervention

July 7, 2015 If only the U.S. had an “effective partner” on the ground in Iraq, things would be different, said President Barack Obama. If only the U.S. could find adequately trained and equipped ground troops to complement its air campaign against the Islamic State, the commander-in-chief said. If only the world had...