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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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Finally Futenma: The Air Base Deal’s Place in The Pivot

December 27, 2013 Call it the most significant and celebrated piece of bureaucratic red tape in the Obama administration’s planned pivot to Asia -- and, by now, the most delinquent. Pentagon officials announced with triumphant oomph on Friday that Japan’s governor of Okinawa has signed a landfill permit to allow construction to begin ...

Holiday Surprise! TSA to Expedite All Troops Through Airport Security, Shoes On

December 19, 2013 All U.S. troops heading home for the holidays will be granted “expedited screening” at airport security lines starting Friday – with their shoes still on – Pentagon and Transportation Security Administration officials announced, in a major expansion of the military benefit. Troops now will be allowed through security checkpoints while ...

How a Rock Concert Turned Nelson Mandela into a Cold Warrior

December 6, 2013 Three years after Live Aid became legend and set a new standard for social justice mega-benefit concerts, the world’s top musical acts put on another big concert, known simply as the Concert for Nelson Mandela. Neither show was a first. Big concerts designed to raise money, awareness and public consciousness ...

Pentagon Lets Joe Biden Do the Talking With China

December 4, 2013 Another tense military standoff with China, another round of near silence between the Pentagon and the People’s Liberation Army. But this time, that’s the plan. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said on Wednesday that they have not spoken to their Chinese counterparts about the ...

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December 2, 2013 When our digital team approached us about building a mobile app for Defense One, they asked us what we thought the app should provide to our readers. My reply was this: we wanted an instant news early bird, anytime day or night. Do you know how most any general news ...

Done Deal: Iran to Suspend Nuclear Program, Roll Back Weaponization

November 23, 2013 HALIFAX, Nova Scotia -- Iran has bowed to international demands and agreed to halt its nuclear program in a sweeping six-month deal with Western powers that observers are calling a major diplomatic victory for the Obama administration. President Barack Obama, in a televised statement from the White House late Saturday ...

Pentagon Outlines Stronger Military Presence in the Arctic

November 22, 2013 HALIFAX, Nova Scotia -- Citing American interests in climate change, energy security and the integrity of northern sea lanes, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel introduced a new Pentagon plan for Arctic security on Friday that promises to significantly increase U.S. military resources and attention to the polar region. The plan is ...

USAID Issues Holiday Plea: Donate Cash for Philippines, as Military Withdraws

November 22, 2013 The Obama administration’s top aid official issued an urgent plea on Friday asking Americans to donate cash to humanitarian organizations helping typhoon victims in the Philippines survive the coming winter. “Today we’re launching a public service campaign asking Americans to do what they can to provide support to families in ...

USAID: Aid Groups Also Stuck Waiting for Afghan Troop Agreement

November 22, 2013 The military is not the only group waiting for Afghanistan’s council of elders to approve a post-2014 security agreement. The top United States development aid official said on Friday that the international aid community also is waiting for Afghanistan’s loya jirga to approve the bilateral security agreement governing U.S. troops ...

Inside the Secret Interior of the Navy’s First Stealth Destroyer

November 21, 2013 BATH, Maine -- It doesn’t look like a ship. It doesn’t even feel like a ship. The hallways are too wide. The ceilings are incredibly high. There’s barely an outdoor deck. No bridge tower. No lookout crow’s nests. Flat-screen TV mounts are everywhere. In fact, the only sign that this ...