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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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Carter: After Joint Chiefs Breach, Defense Needs Stronger Network Security

August 27, 2015 NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nevada – On his way to Silicon Valley, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said a recent intrusion into a Joint Chiefs of Staff computer network shows the military does not have the cyber defenses it needs. Now he wants help. “That is evidence that we’re not doing...

Carter: Joint Chiefs Breach Shows Military Needs Better Cyber Security

August 26, 2015 NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nevada – On his way to Silicon Valley, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said a recent intrusion into a Joint Chiefs of Staff computer network shows the military does not have the cyber defenses it needs. Now he wants help. “That is evidence that we’re not doing...

Drone giant already spying for Pentagon; Smoking gun on the Iran deal?; About that Stephen Hawking letter; Koreas trade fire; And a bit more.

August 20, 2015 Drone maker turns battlezone operator. To meet its insatiable demand for aerial ISR, the Pentagon is handing the controls of some of its larger and most significant drones to its industry friends. Employees from defense manufacturer General Atomics have been flying Predator and Reaper drone surveillance missions for the Pentagon...

Here Are the Two Women Who Completed Army's Ranger School

August 19, 2015 Their names are 1st Lt. Kristen Griest and Capt. Shaye Haver. They are the first women to ever have completed the U.S. Army Ranger School and on Friday they will affix the “Ranger tab” patch to their shoulders. According to the men who guided them through it, they are the...

Meet the Women Who Survived Army's Ranger School (Navy SEALs Are Next)

August 19, 2015 Correction: This report originally swapped the ranks of Capt. Griest and 1st. Lt. Haver. Their names are Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st. Lt. Shaye Haver. They are the first women to ever have completed the U.S. Army Ranger School and on Friday they will affix the “Ranger tab” patch to...

First Women Complete Army's Ranger School

August 18, 2015 American women have seen combat, fought in wars, and died on battlefields. But for the first time, two of them have completed the U.S. Army’s Ranger School, the service’s most grueling course for combat leaders. On Friday, they will don the Ranger “tab,” a shoulder patch borne only by those...

Female Rangers make history; Bombing in Bangkok; Di$crepancy in LRSB costs?; Moscow Twitter trolls US intel; Rubik’s cube puzzler; And a bit more.

August 18, 2015 A hearty, historic congrats to the Army’s first two Ranger-qualified females—but the question now shifts to what comes next? And it’s looming larger than ever over the Pentagon as Defense Secretary Ash Carter mulls a monumental policy decision expected by year’s end, Defense One’s Kevin Baron writes. “American women have...

Tabbed! Female Rangers Lead the Way, but Now What?

August 17, 2015 American women have seen combat, fought in wars, and died on battlefields. But for the first time, two of them have completed the U.S. Army’s Ranger School, the service’s most grueling course for combat leaders. On Friday, they will don the Ranger “tab,” a shoulder patch borne only by those...

Trump targets Jeb Bush’s Iraq; Hillary hits back; US pulling Turkey’s Patriots; ‘Gitmo’ search; Fallen Army Golden Knight; And a bit more.

August 17, 2015 The 2016 fun continues today in Iowa—where the fight against ISIS in Iraq, among other national security issues, became a hot attack line for politicians seeking the White House. The candidates are trying to generate some momentum in the early-voting state. But if the loneliest man at the fair (Rick...

CIA vs. Obama’s ‘optimistic’ ISIS talk; New DIA chief speaks; After Mullah Omar; Carter to arm recruiters; Hacking infrastructure; US-trained Syrian rebels kidnapped; And a bit more.

July 31, 2015 Multiple U.S. intelligence assessments contradict the Obama administration’s “optimistic line” on ISIS and on how much the Islamic State has been degraded across Iraq and Syria, according to the Associated Press. Catch that dismal roll-up from “the CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency and others” over here. “‘We've seen no meaningful...