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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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Brinksmanship in the South China Sea; Obama pushes back on no boots pledge in Syria; Did ISIS down the Russian airliner or not?; ‘Advisory drones’ in Syria; And a bit more...

November 3, 2015 U.S. to China: No harm, no foul in the South China Sea. The U.S. Navy wasn’t trying to threaten China militarily with last week’s freedom of navigation patrol through the South China Sea, U.S. Navy Adm. Harry Harris said in his first visit to China as Pacific Command chief. “These...

Homeland Security Wants to Revive Terrorism Alert System

October 14, 2015 President Barack Obama’s top homeland security official has ordered a review of the nation’s terrorism alert system to reflect what he called the growing threat of attacks originating within the United States. The U.S. has never used the National Terrorism Alert System, a two-level system that replaced the oft-derided color-coded...

In Chattanooga’s Wake, DHS Wants To Revive Terrorism Alert System

October 13, 2015 President Barack Obama’s top homeland security official has ordered a review of the nation’s terrorism alert system to reflect what he called the growing threat of attacks originating within the United States. The U.S. has never used the National Terrorism Alert System, a two-level system that replaced the oft-derided color-coded...

The Army's Biggest Concern Right Now Is Congress

October 13, 2015 It’s something of a Washington tradition: the parting shot at Congress by a national-security leader on the way out. On Monday, Army Secretary John McHugh criticized his former fellow lawmakers for not providing clear and predictable funding for the U.S. military. McHugh also had strong words for Beltway types who...

The US Army’s Biggest Concern Right Now Is Congress

October 12, 2015 It’s something of a Washington tradition: the parting shot at Congress by a national-security leader on the way out. On Monday, Army Secretary John McHugh criticized his former fellow lawmakers for not providing clear and predictable funding for the U.S. military. McHugh also had strong words for Beltway types who...

White House Cancels Syrian Train-and-Equip Program

October 9, 2015 President Barack Obama abruptly halted the U.S. effort to find and build a moderate Syrian opposition force on Friday after more than one year and a $500-million budget had failed to produce any significant cohort or gains in the conflict. Instead, the Defense Department will focus on training a small...

Obama Cancels Syrian Train-and-Equip Program

October 9, 2015 President Barack Obama abruptly halted the U.S. effort to find and build a moderate Syrian opposition force on Friday after more than one year and a $500-million budget had failed to produce any significant cohort or gains in the conflict. Instead, the Defense Department will focus on training a small...

US ends train-and-equip; Let Putin fail in Syria; Milley sets three goals; Pentagon snack hack; and a bit more...

October 9, 2015 BREAKING: Obama cancels Syria train-and-equip program. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and unnamed U.S. officials with the traveling press corps at NATO headquarters said President Barack Obama on Friday is expected to announce the end of the $500 million program to train and equip Syrian rebels. It’s a not-so-stunning admission that...

Assad goes on the attack; Pakistan buys Chinese subs; Fear rules Syrian-refugee policy; Senate passes NDAA; and a bit more...

October 8, 2015 ‘Wide scale offensive’ in Syria…by the Syrians. The fighting escalated Thursday, but not because the U.S. or U.S.-backed rebels are driving back the Islamic State or Bashar al-Assad’s murderous regime. It’s Assad who is on the attack. Gen. Ali Abdullah Ayyoub, Syria’s Army chief of staff, said under the cover...

Senate tests Obama’s veto; Gridlock threatens DOD weapons projects; Campbell: Only U.S. to blame; F-35s with lasers?; and a bit more...

October 7, 2015 Senate clears NDAA...for Obama to veto. While the House remains gridlocked on the budget, senators moved the $612 billion defense policy bill one step closer to passage—and Barack Obama’s veto pen—on Tuesday, showing their increasingly rare ability to govern (one week late into the new fiscal year) but with a...