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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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Trump’s Counter-Iran Moves Are Provocative, But They’re Not War

May 16, 2019 War with Iran? America, stop right there. President Donald Trump is not leading you into a new head-to-head war with a regional power. This administration is not going to war with Iran. Not this week, anyway. No matter how much the events of the past few weeks have dismayed many...

Trump’s Counter-Iran Moves Are Provocative, But They’re Not War

May 15, 2019 War with Iran? America, stop right there. President Donald Trump is not leading you into a new head-to-head war with a regional power. This administration is not going to war with Iran. Not this week, anyway. No matter how much the events of the past few weeks have dismayed many...

How Not to Announce a Ship Deployment

May 7, 2019 This all could have been avoided with one press conference. Line up the defense secretary, the Joint Chiefs chairman, the appropriate generals and admirals, and announce that U.S. ships and bombers were being directed in and toward the Middle East to provide additional firepower to meet a new and credible...

Why John Bolton is yelling at Iran; Lincoln heads to the theater; North Korea launches something; USN through the So. China Sea; Afghans demand ‘orderly exit’ of foreigners; And a bit more.

May 6, 2019 Trump sends a U.S. aircraft carrier toward Iran, and John Bolton shakes his fist with more of the bellicose rhetoric we’ve come to expect from this White House. The U.S. Abraham Lincoln, her carrier strike group, and a bomber task force are on the way to U.S. Central Command’s area...

Biden Enters Campaign Talking Charlottesville, But Saying Much More

April 25, 2019 Joe Biden is a foreign-policy rock star. Like his policies or not, he’s made international relations a pillar of his public service and persona, from chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he educated the freshman senator Barack Obama, to a vice presidency whose portfolio included the Iraq war....

The Mueller report’s national security angles; Afghan peace talks ‘postponed indefinitely’; Iran is getting ShadowBrokered; American militia detaining migrants; And a bit more.

April 19, 2019 The Mueller report is finally out, which means “the argument over what Team Trump did and didn’t do will move out of the legal forum and into the political arena,” the Wall Street Journal reported after Thursday’s big (and still substantially-redacted) reveal from Attorney General Bill Barr. The national security...

North Korea’s weapon test; Taliban side-eye Afghan 250-member peace delegation; New Pakistani group executes troops; McGurk’s plan for Syria; Army Day in Iran; And a bit more.

April 18, 2019 North Korea claims to have tested a new kind of weapon, and now it wants Secretary of State Mike Pompeo removed from talks over the North’s nuclear program, according to state-run KCNA messaging Wednesday evening. About the weapon: KCNA referred to it as a "New-Type Tactical Guided Weapon,” and it...

Trump vetoes US exit from Yemen; Sisi’s power grab; Inside Syria’s bulging ISIS prisons; SOF beard bacteria; And a bit more.

April 17, 2019 President Trump used his second veto to keep alive U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, the White House announced Tuesday afternoon in a statement. The bill Trump vetoed — which would have ended U.S. logistical support to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen — passed the Senate last month...

MbS (quietly) meets CENTCOM; Russia blocked; F-35s to the Mideast; Notre Dame fire sparks instant misinformation; Libya ‘coup’; ‘Disneyland with guns’; And a bit more.

April 16, 2019 NATO stands with Notre Dame: “Heartbreaking to see #NotreDame cathedral on fire. Our thoughts are with all those working to save this great symbol of European culture and with the people of France,” said Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, during Monday’s catastrophic blaze. We agree. More below. Now on to today’s...

The ‘Day After’ In Syria Finally Came. But What Comes Next?

March 28, 2019 TAMPA — Last ­year, Gen. Joseph Votel, America’s top general in the Middle East walked through the bombed-out remains of Raqqa, Syria, and saw a trickle of surviving men, women, and children reclaiming their liberated city from ISIS. They were beginning to repair a massive scene of destruction, piece-by-piece, with...