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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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Vaporizing Another Norm, Trump Goes Partisan Inside the Pentagon

January 17, 2019 The generals tried hard to keep politics out of the Pentagon, but even they don’t have the firepower to stop Donald Trump. The president went to the Pentagon on Thursday to deliver what was supposed to be a speech announcing the findings of the Defense Department’s missile defense review. Instead,...

Trump Tried Partisan Applause Lines Inside the Pentagon. Nobody Applauded.

January 17, 2019 The generals tried hard to keep politics out of the Pentagon, but even they don’t have the firepower to stop Donald Trump. The president went to the Pentagon on Thursday to deliver what was supposed to be a speech announcing the findings of the Defense Department’s missile defense review. Instead,...

Army Chief Confirms US Will Hand off ISIS Fight in Syria

January 16, 2019 For the first time, a senior U.S. military official has commented on President Trump’s late-December decision to quit Syria, confirming publicly that American troops are planning to leave once ISIS is defeated on the ground. “We are determined to finish that off and then hand the battle off to our...

China’s Military Is Getting Better at a Lot of Things at Once: Pentagon Intelligence

January 16, 2019 China’s military power remains limited and its leaders want no war with the United States, but its desire for regional hegemony, global reach, and advanced technology means the U.S. military has much more to watch out for in the years ahead, according to a new unclassified assessment by the Pentagon’s...

China’s Military Is Getting Better at a Lot of Things at Once: Pentagon Intelligence

January 15, 2019 China’s military power remains limited and its leaders want no war with the United States, but its desire for regional hegemony, global reach, and advanced technology means the U.S. military has much more to watch out for in the years ahead, according to a new unclassified assessment by the Pentagon’s...

America’s Foreign Policy in the Middle East is Not What Pompeo Claimed

January 10, 2019 The U.S. may have a foreign policy in the Middle East but it hardly resembles what Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described in Cairo on Thursday. In between bashing President Obama and American journalists to foreign audiences, Pompeo tried to make the case that the Trump administration has brought a...

Trump Just Killed His Own Defense Strategy

January 3, 2019 “Sand and death.” That’s what Syria is to President Donald Trump, who has vowed to withdraw U.S. troops and support for America’s partners in the war-torn country. Afghanistan apparently is not worth much more to him. At a Wednesday cabinet meeting, the president said he was happy to let the...

The ‘Nightmare Scenario’ Has Happened and You’re to Blame

December 21, 2018 Five days before Donald Trump became president, I reported that U.S. elite troops and commanders were worried that the incoming commander in chief lacked the patience for the Obama Doctrine to work in Syria and Iraq. Now we know the answer: No. This week, Trump decided he’d seen enough and...

The CIA Presented a ‘Smoking Gun’ on Khashoggi. What’s the Senate Going to Do About it?

December 5, 2018 “I think he’s crazy.” That’s how Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., described Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, after emerging from CIA Director Gina Haspel’s classified briefing to a select group of U.S. senators on Tuesday about the known details of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi’s October murder at a...

The CIA Presented a ‘Smoking Gun’ on Khashoggi. What’s the Senate Going to Do About it?

December 4, 2018 “I think he’s crazy.” That’s how Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., described Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, after emerging from CIA Director Gina Haspel’s classified briefing to a select group of U.S. senators on Tuesday about the known details of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi’s October murder at a...