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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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General Dunford's Border Politics Come Down to This

November 18, 2018 HALIFAX, Canada – When Cindy McCain handed the inaugural John McCain Prize for Leadership in Public Service to two Boy Scouts from Greece, recognizing their island’s generosity to migrants and refugees arriving at their border, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford was first to stand and...

Pentagon Began Clampdown on Senior Leaders’ Public Speaking Months Ago, Memos Reveal

November 15, 2018 Pentagon leaders nine months ago ordered a sharp clampdown on public appearances by senior U.S. military leaders and senior civilian Trump administration appointees, limits that have kept them largely out of sight — and out of trouble with President Trump. The new rule: only one senior military leader and one...

Pentagon Began Clampdown on Senior Leaders’ Public Speaking Months Ago, Memos Reveal

November 14, 2018 Pentagon leaders nine months ago ordered a sharp clampdown on public appearances by senior U.S. military leaders and senior civilian Trump administration appointees, limits that have kept them largely out of sight — and out of trouble with President Trump. The new rule: only one senior military leader and one...

America’s Place in the World Was on the Ballot. It Lost.

November 7, 2018 Not one. Not one reporter from the main White House press corps asked President Donald Trump during his day-after-midterm-elections press conference a single hard question about national security or the state of global affairs. Tens of thousands of U.S. troops are at war or involved in violent conflicts in Afghanistan,...

'Extraordinarily Important': Top US General Defends Saudi Relationship, Yemen War

October 29, 2018 The top U.S. general in charge of troops in the Middle East defended America’s ties to Saudi Arabia and said on Monday that military relations between Washington and the kingdom are not changing, as public outrage over the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi and the war in Yemen...

U.S. Military Leaders Keep Quiet on Saudi Arabia Amid Khashoggi Outrage

October 17, 2018 The world may be just waking up to the autocratic ways of the Saudi Arabian royal family, but the Pentagon certainly is not. Pentagon leaders’ silence this week on the reported murder of a U.S.-based journalist by Saudi officials could be taken as customary and proper deference to the formal...

US Military Leaders Keep Quiet on Saudi Arabia Amid Khashoggi Outrage

October 17, 2018 The world may be just waking up to the autocratic ways of the Saudi Arabian royal family, but the Pentagon certainly is not. Pentagon leaders’ silence this week on the reported murder of a U.S.-based journalist by Saudi officials could be taken as customary and proper deference to the formal...

In Pacific, U.S. Army Shifts Training from Disaster Relief to War

October 12, 2018 Not long ago, U.S. Army forces in the Pacific spent most of their training time preparing for humanitarian relief missions, evacuations from natural disasters, and efforts to build up allied security forces. Not anymore. Since President Donald Trump has come to office, the administration has issued a new National Security...

In Pacific, US Army Shifts Training from Disaster Relief to War

October 11, 2018 Not long ago, U.S. Army forces in the Pacific spent most of their training time preparing for humanitarian relief missions, evacuations from natural disasters, and efforts to build up allied security forces. Not anymore. Since President Donald Trump has come to office, the administration has issued a new National Security...

F-35s to the 'Stan?; Trump’s fiery speech; Syrian mission creep?; Q&A with new DIU chief; And a bit more.

September 26, 2018 A defiant president meets a tough crowd at the UN. In a Tuesday speech to the UN General Assembly that was even more defiantly America-first than last year’s (and which was met briefly with laughter), President Trump “repeatedly asserted the rights of the individual nation-state, a message that for decades...