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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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‘This is Not About Me and Google,’ Says Dunford, Who Will Meet Execs Next Week

March 22, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sharpening his warnings to U.S. technology companies, Gen. Joseph Dunford has twice in a week publicly argued that their artificial intelligence work in China is strengthening the ruling Communist Party and eroding America’s military advantage. Next week, the Joint Chiefs chairman says, he’s going to tell Google executives directly. Last...

‘This is Not About Me and Google,’ Says Dunford, Who Will Meet Execs Next Week

March 21, 2019 Sharpening his warnings to U.S. technology companies, Gen. Joseph Dunford has twice in a week publicly argued that their artificial intelligence work in China is strengthening the ruling Communist Party and eroding America’s military advantage. Next week, the Joint Chiefs chairman says, he’s going to tell Google executives directly. Last...

Trump Picks New Top NATO Commander

March 16, 2019 U.S. Air Force Gen. Tod Wolters will be the next NATO supreme allied commander, Pentagon and NATO officials announced on Friday. Wolters, who currently commands U.S. air forces in Europe and Africa and leads the region’s joint air command, will as NATO chief wear the customary second hat as leader...

Trump Picks New Top NATO Commander

March 15, 2019 U.S. Air Force Gen. Tod Wolters will be the next NATO supreme allied commander, Pentagon and NATO officials announced on Friday. Wolters, who currently commands U.S. air forces in Europe and Africa and leads the region’s joint air command, will as NATO chief wear the customary second hat as leader...

Critics Blast Trump ‘Protection Racket’ Offer as ‘Pure Idiocy’

March 8, 2019 From “colossal mistake” to "pure idiocy,” former senior U.S. military commanders on Friday slammed a White House proposal that reportedly would require treaty allies like Germany and Japan to pay up to 150 percent of the cost of hosting large numbers of American troops on bases in their countries. It’s...

BREAKING: SecAF Wilson quitting; WH plan charges allies for protection; Captain Marvel’s DC opening with the USAF; And a bit more.

March 8, 2019 Developing: U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson is quitting to pursue a career in the world of academia on May 31, Reuters reports in a decision few Pentagon-watchers openly predicted would happen quite so soon. News of Wilson’s departure comes a day after an Oval Office meeting between President Trump...

Army Chief Confirms U.S. Will Hand off ISIS Fight in Syria

January 21, 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...

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...