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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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In Afghanistan, Hagel Defends Bergdahl Mission

June 1, 2014 BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Afghanistan on Sunday for an unannounced visit to United States troops where all the talk was about one man: freed American POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Hagel defended the Obama administration’s decision to swap five Taliban prisoners for one American ...

American POW Bergdahl Freed in Prisoner Exchange

May 31, 2014 American Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been freed from captivity in Afghanistan in a prisoner exchange with the Taliban, President Barack Obama announced Saturday. Bergdhal, 28, of Hailey, Idaho, was recovered at around 10:30 eastern time on Saturday. He has been held by the Taliban since he went missing in June ...

Still a Long Way from Asian NATO

May 31, 2014 SINGAPORE -- Don’t call it Asian NATO. Not yet. But something is brewing in the Asia-Pacific region lately and it feels like the birth of a new collective security architecture. Or maybe, just the conception. For several years at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue conference of defense ministers, the United States ...

Hagel Warns China to Back Down

May 30, 2014 SINGAPORE -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered a sharp warning for China to cease using “intimidation and coercion” to press its claims in the South and East China Seas and drop its self-declared overflight restrictions, or risk destabilizing a region populated by billions. “The United States will not look the ...

Hagel Says ‘Indispensable’ U.S. Still Not the World’s Police

May 30, 2014 ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT – What’s the difference between being the world’s police and being the “indispensable” caretaker of global security? Hours after President Barack Obama’s major global security speech at West Point outlining his vision for restrained but near constant worldwide United States military intervention in a “new ...

Keep Him! VA Problems Not On Shinseki, Says Sanders

May 23, 2014 Unequivocally, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., now believes that Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki should not lose his job following allegations that VA health care workers falsified records of wait times for medical care in the federal system. In an extensive interview, the chairman of the Senate Veteran Affairs Committee defended ...

U.S. ‘Not on a Path‘ To Help Syrian Rebels Win, Says Dempsey

May 14, 2014 Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey says the United States is not providing Syrian rebels what they would need to win the war against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Dempsey’s remarks keep the chairman – a former division commander in the Iraq war – on familiar footing, as he leads top ...

Hagel Warns Against Isolationism

May 6, 2014 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel offered perhaps his most forceful justification for maintaining robust American military power and global engagement in the face of public pressure to pull back from global affairs, arguing in a major speech that United States national security requires strong military and non-military leadership abroad. Hagel’s remarks ...

Number of Foreign Fighters in Syria Jumped from 800 to 8,000 in the Past Year

April 16, 2014 TAMPA, Fla. -- Last year, U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno predicted that Syria’s rebels would soon be victorious over President Bashar al-Assad’s iron regime without the direct intervention of American troops. One year later, as Syria’s worsening civil war has morphed, so has the challenge of tracking ...

Fort Hood Shooting Rampage Leaves 4 Dead, 16 Injured

April 2, 2014 This breaking news story has been updated. Another soldier-shooter has opened fired at Fort Hood, Texas, leaving four people dead -- three victims and the assailant, a soldier -- and injuring 16 others. “The shooter is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” said Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, Fort Hood’s commanding ...