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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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Russia: let’s start mil-to-mil, as agreed. Pentagon: huh?; Boeing pitches new F-15; Voting-machine maker lied; DARPA’s bugbot Olympics

10:00 AM ET Good morning, D Briefers, from 8,000 feet elevation and the annual Aspen Security Forum, which could not have been better timed. A list of Trump administration officials and national security leaders from military, intelligence, homeland and foreign policy circles have gathered to give a collective, “What the…?” and make sense...

After Secret Trump Meeting, Russia Offers to Resume Military Relations

9:40 AM ET Russia is all set to warm up military-to-military relations with the United States, pursuant to the agreement reached Monday between the countries’ presidents. That’s what a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday — surprising officials at the Pentagon, who were still waiting to hear what came out of the...

After Secret Trump Meeting, Russia Offers to Resume Military Relations

July 18, 2018 Russia is all set to warm up military-to-military relations with the United States, pursuant to the agreement reached Monday between the countries’ presidents. That’s what a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday — surprising officials at the Pentagon, who were still waiting to hear what came out of the...

What Do You Do Now, US National Security Leaders?

July 16, 2018 It’s over. The charade is over. President Donald Trump stood next to Russian President Vladimir Putin and said he believed the former KGB leader, and not the U.S. intelligence and law-enforcement communities, that Russia did not and does not interfere with American elections, including his own in 2016. "The Russian...

Trump Won’t Pull US Troops From Afghanistan, Says Afghan President

July 13, 2018 BRUSSELS — Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani said he does not believe President Donald Trump will pull American troops from the war there, minutes after the two leaders met inside the NATO Summit. NATO leaders emerged from Thursday’s meeting unified in their support for funding the war through 2024, showing no...

‘I Believe in NATO’ Says Trump at Summit, Allaying Morning Fears of Pullout

July 12, 2018 BRUSSELS — President Donald Trump gave his full-throated support for NATO in an impromptu press conference Thursday following a harried morning that included an emergency session of NATO leaders called to address the spending issue amid swirling media reports that the president had threatened to pull the U.S. from the...

‘I Believe in NATO’ Says Trump at Summit, Allaying Morning Fears of Pullout

July 12, 2018 BRUSSELS — President Donald Trump gave his full-throated support for NATO in an impromptu press conference Thursday following a harried morning that included an emergency session of NATO leaders called to address the spending issue amid swirling media reports that the president had threatened to pull the U.S. from the...

Donald Trump Didn’t Kill NATO, But…

July 11, 2018 BRUSSELS — Donald Trump didn’t kill NATO. He tweeted angrily at it before he arrived. He inelegantly spitballed Germany at the opening breakfast. He mildly barked during the day about the 2 percent-of-GDP defense spending goal and — surprise! — demanded everyone double it. But by the end of day...

Trump Not Planning to Threaten US Troop Withdrawal from Europe; Solo Putin Meeting Was His Idea

July 5, 2018 UPDATE: This article was updated to reflect that the U.S. ambassadors briefing reporters were speaking on the record and could be named, not as anonymous "senior administration officials" speaking on background, as the White House originally had instructed. President Donald Trump is not planning to threaten to pull U.S. troops...

Poison attack in UK, again; NATO members yawn at Trump; 60,000 flee Syria for Jordan; Pompeo to Pyongyang; And a bit more.

July 5, 2018 NATO members pushed back against Trump’s gripe they spend too little on their militaries, the Associated Press reported Wednesday ahead of next week’s NATO Summit in Brussels. German reax: “We don’t want to impress anyone... we stand by the 2 percent goal we’ve set.” (Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen)...