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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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American troops out front in Iraq; Saudis using US-made Patriots in Yemen’s war; F-35 wins over Navy carrier pilots; The future weapons Trump and Clinton should discuss; And a bit more.

August 17, 2016 Make no mistake: American troops are in the lead in (some of) Iraq’s war on ISIS. From the bases and front lines in the north, Buzzfeed’s Mike Giglio paints a different picture of U.S. troop involvement that most Americans probably do not know about (but could guess pretty easily if...

Trump’s ISIS speech and ‘nation-building’; Dems doxxed; Manbij down, what’s next; Boko, those girls, and airstrikes; Taliban advance; And a bit more.

August 15, 2016 Trump says he would ditch “nation-building.” GOP 2016 contender Donald Trump is set to give a major speech today on how the U.S. should fight terrorism and more, his aides told reporters Sunday. A major facet of the speech is said to revolve around the notion that “we can't choose...

Top Commander: Iraqi Troops Not Ready for Mosul, Nor What Comes Next

August 11, 2016 What’s different about the end of this Iraq war from the end of the last one? Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, who commands U.S. troops there now and also fought to liberate Ramadi six years ago, says he will leave the country this month confident that Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga troops...

Iraqi Troops Not Ready for Mosul, Nor What Comes Next, Says Top US Commander

August 10, 2016 What’s different about the end of this Iraq war from the end of the last one? Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, who commands U.S. troops there now and also fought to liberate Ramadi six years ago, says he will leave the country this month confident that Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga troops...

As Anti-ISIS Forces Close In on Mosul, Coalition Leaders Focus on What’s Next

July 21, 2016 JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Maryland – Before they begin the long-anticipated push to liberate Mosul, a battle many expect to mark the final chapter of the Islamic State’s reign in Iraq, military leaders of the “counter-ISIL” coalition say they need more planning for what happens next. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said...

As Anti-ISIS Forces Close In on Mosul, Coalition Leaders Focus on What’s Next

July 20, 2016 JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Maryland – Before they begin the long-anticipated push to liberate Mosul, a battle many expect to mark the final chapter of the Islamic State’s reign in Iraq, military leaders of the “counter-ISIL” coalition say they need more planning for what happens next. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said...

Obama Scraps Planned U.S. Troop Drawdown in Afghanistan

July 6, 2016 U.S. President Barack Obama announced he will keep 8,400 American troops in Afghanistan through the end of his administration, effectively halting the war drawdown he had wanted, reflecting the inability of NATO and American military forces to quash decades-old insurgent fighting and force the Taliban to a negotiated peace. Obama’s...

Obama Scraps Planned U.S. Troop Drawdown in Afghanistan

July 6, 2016 U.S. President Barack Obama announced he will keep 8,400 American troops in Afghanistan through the end of his administration, effectively halting the war drawdown he had wanted, reflecting the inability of NATO and American military forces to quash decades-old insurgent fighting and force the Taliban to a negotiated peace. Obama’s...

Why Do Brexit and Trump Still Shock National Security Elites?

June 24, 2016 LONDON – Are you watching this, today? Does Brexit have your attention? If you’re reading this in Defense One, you’re likely a national security professional of some kind, or at least a fanboy or fangirl of foreign policy. And if you’re scared by the Brexit vote and Trump’s parallel middle-finger...

And the War Came: A Call for Unity—Not to Arms—in My Hometown Orlando

June 21, 2016 ORLANDO, Fla. – The good news is it’s a long way from Fallujah to Orlando. The bad news is it still feels like Orlando is a long way from the Middle East. If ever an American city was going to make the very real connection from the battlefields overseas to...