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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 Exceptions: Carter Opens All Military Jobs to Women

December 3, 2015 Every job in the U.S. military will be open for women to vie for and serve in — including in the elite special operations forces, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Thursday. “There will be no exceptions,” Carter said, ending months of speculation that some combat units, especially in the Marine...

US Deploying a ‘Targeting Force’ to Iraq, Syria. Expect Unilateral Special-Ops Raids.

December 1, 2015 President Barack Obama is deploying "a specialized expeditionary targeting force to assist Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces and to put even more pressure on ISIS," Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress on Tuesday, in testimony that publicly recognized and explained an escalation of U.S. military involvement on the ground in...

Kunduz Investigation Blames Aircrew, SOF Commander, Computers

November 25, 2015 U.S. military commanders blamed an American special operations commander on the ground, the aircrew of the attack aircraft in the sky, commanders at Bagram airbase, and faulty equipment for a string of bad decisions that led them on Oct. 3 to destroy the Médecins Sans Frontières, or MSF, hospital in...

Kunduz Investigation Blames Aircrew, SOF Commander, Computers

November 25, 2015 U.S. military commanders blamed an American special operations commander on the ground, the aircrew of the attack aircraft in the sky, commanders at Bagram airbase, and faulty equipment for a string of bad decisions that led them on Oct. 3 to destroy the Médecins Sans Frontières, or MSF, hospital in...

Clinton Details A More Aggressive US Plan for Middle East, Terrorism

November 19, 2015 Less than one week after the Paris attacks, Hillary Clinton called for intensifying the U.S. attack on terror groups by launching an “intelligence surge,” deploying more special operations forces to Iraq and Syria, directly arming Kurd and Sunni fighters, and establishing a Syrian no-fly zone to undergird U.S. efforts at...

US Air Strike Hits ISIS in Libya, Chief Presumed Dead

November 14, 2015 This story was updated to include breaking news. The head of the Islamic State in Libya is presumed dead after a U.S. airstrike targeted him early Saturday. A senior U.S. official told Defense One that the man who goes by the nom de guerre Abu Nabil, or Abu Nabil al...

Obama: ‘certainly possible’ a bomb; Putin halts flights; Bomber contract protest is in; Egypt crash hates your secure texts; Pentagon wants lethal cyber weaps; Nuclear fender-bender!?; And bit more...

November 6, 2015 Obama “certainly possible” bomb took down Russian airliner crash. President Barack Obama is the latest to get in line behind what appears, likely, maybe, possibly, seems that a bomb downed a Russian airliner Saturday killing all on board as it crashed in the Sinai desert. “We are going to spend...

US, Brits point to ISIS bomb fears; Russia sends anti-aircraft systems to Syria; WH ‘should have armed Ukraine’; And a bit more...

November 5, 2015 Bomb fears mount in Russian airliner mystery. British authorities and U.S. intelligence officials say they have information that suggests a bomb brought down the Russian passenger jet that crashed in the Egyptian desert on Saturday, killing all 224 on board. The U.K. announcement sparked a frenzy in Washington, where cautious...

US, UK Officials Suggest Bomb Exploded Russian Airliner, But Urge Caution

November 4, 2015 This article was updated to reflect breaking news developments throughout the day. A bomb may have taken down the Russian airliner that crashed in Egypt’s Sinai region on Saturday, the British government said on Wednesday, suspending all daily British-bound flights departing a southern resort town. The announcement sparked a frenzy...

No Deal on South China Sea; Who’s in charge during a ‘cyber Pearl Harbor’?; Can Ash Carter tame Israel?; GOP’s $5B target list for cuts; And a bit more...

November 4, 2015 Impasse in the South China Sea continues. Any hopes to set up a method to mediate territorial disputes in the SCS sank during U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s visit to Malaysia for the the biannual Asean Defense Ministers Meeting Plus, aka the ADMM+, the Wall Street Journal reports. “The Chinese...