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Kevin Baron

Executive Editor Kevin Baron is the founding executive editor of Defense One. Baron has lived in Washington for 20 years, covering international affairs, the military, the Pentagon, Congress, and politics for Foreign Policy, National Journal, Stars and Stripes, and the Boston Globe, where he ran investigative projects for five years at the Washington bureau. He is a frequent on-air contributor and previously was national security/military analyst at NBC News & MSNBC. Baron cut his muckraking teeth at the Center for Public Integrity and he is twice a Polk Award winner and former vice president of the Pentagon Press Association. He earned his M.A. in media and public affairs from George Washington University, his B.A. in international studies from the University of Richmond, and studied in Paris. Raised in Florida, Baron now lives in Northern Virginia.
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Whatever Comes Next, Syria Is Forcing a New U.S. Strategy for the Middle East

August 25, 2013 KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Somehow, despite their best efforts to stay out of Syria, President Obama’s new team of national security leaders, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry, have found themselves on the precipice of yet another war. Just a few months since taking office, the...

Pentagon ‘Stands Ready’ for Military Action in Syria as U.S. Warships Move to Region

August 24, 2013 KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- The United States is preparing military options to strike Syria should President Obama make the order to do so, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said and suggested, but would not confirm, that naval vessels are being repositioned in the region in anticipation of a strike. U.S. defense...

Hagel Begins Asian Pivot as the Middle East Burns

August 22, 2013 ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT – In a way, it’s a trip that is as ambitious and emblematic of the Obama administration’s global security strategy. The goal: on one side of the world, cement the beginnings of a massive 21st century shift of U.S. resources, firepower, and national security time and...

With or Without U.S. Intervention, Syria Will Become Iraq

August 21, 2013 First, the conventional wisdom in Washington was that the U.S. should stay out of Syria to avoid another Iraq. Now, a new wisdom is emerging: Syria will become the next Iraq; the Obama administration’s nonintervention is making it inevitable. There are two different concerns at play emerging in the Washington...

Hagel Admits U.S. Influence in Egypt Is ‘Limited’

August 19, 2013 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel admitted what long has become obvious by saying on Monday that there was little left the U.S. could do to stop the ongoing violence in Egypt as military and security forces there continued a bloody crackdown on opposition protestors and leaders. "Our ability to influence the...

Let Air Force Run the Military Satellites, Watchdog Argues

July 24, 2013 Here’s a crazy idea for the Pentagon: consolidate all of the military’s communications satellites under the command of one service, the Air Force. That way, program offices and their budgets will fall under the same chain of command, saving the military -- and the taxpayers and the satellite makers --...

Want Syria? Convince General Dempsey

July 23, 2013 By now, it should be clear: the road to Damascus leads through Dempsey. While bipartisan support has grown in Congress for the United States military to intervene on behalf of the Syrian rebels -- now in their second year of conflict against President Bashir al-Assad’s regime -- one thing has...

Goodbye Anti-War, Hello Anti-Secrecy

July 20, 2013 On a recent Saturday morning, a small group of people gathered along a Cape Cod roadside to wave antiwar protest signs for weekender passersby to see. They probably had no idea that one of the nation’s preeminent antiwar voices since the 1960s drove by and saw them, drawing a small...

Dempsey’s Next Mission: Balance U.S. Ambition, Ability

July 17, 2013 As he nears the end of his first two-year term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff -- and his nearly 40-year career in uniform -- sources close to Gen. Martin Dempsey insist that he enters Thursday’s Senate confirmation hearing feeling freer to lean forward and speak up with...

Dempsey Gets a New Top Adviser

July 17, 2013 About to enter his second term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey has a new top counselor in a longtime aide. Army Col. Dave Horan took over this week as director of the influential Chairman’s Action Group, or CAG, Dempsey’s staff told Defense One on...