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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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Trump's 'Very Soon' Withdrawal From Syria Is Exactly What Many Troops Feared

March 29, 2018 Trump just stepped into dangerous waters. When the president said on Thursday that the U.S. would pull out of Syria “very soon,” in another apparently off-handed (and definitely off-script) quip, it struck to the very heart of why some American troops had said they voted for him — and why...

Shulkin out as VA Sec; Inter-Korean summit slated for late April; Neller, in conversation; Big changes at Boeing defense, space; AQ recruiter droned in Libya; And a bit more.

March 29, 2018 Trump fires VA Secretary Shulkin, nominates WH doc. Now U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson — remember him, the official White House physician — is President Trump’s latest pick. Shulkin’s departure had been rumored for weeks, ever since he became “the subject of a damning report from the department's inspector...

The War in Iraq Isn’t Done. Commanders Explain Why and What's Next

March 22, 2018 BAGHDAD, Iraq — Not yet. The war isn’t over, yet. ISIS isn’t defeated, yet. The U.S. shouldn’t leave, yet. Fifteen years on, and Iraq still isn’t done, yet. But where are we? What’s left to do? And will anything be different this time around? “I honestly don’t know,” says Col....

Russia ‘Incredibly Destabilizing’ as Syrian Conflict Threatens Region, Top U.S. General Warns

February 28, 2018 Russia does not want — or is unable — to help end the Syrian war, and instead has become an “incredibly destabilizing” force in the region, the top U.S. general for the Middle East warned Congress. Gen. Joseph Votel’s blunt assessment comes just one month after Secretary of State Rex...

Russia ‘Incredibly Destabilizing’ as Syrian Conflict Threatens Region, Top US General Warns

February 27, 2018 Russia does not want — or is unable — to help end the Syrian war, and instead has become an “incredibly destabilizing” force in the region, the top U.S. general for the Middle East warned Congress. Gen. Joseph Votel’s blunt assessment comes just one month after Secretary of State Rex...

Meet the Believers: The Afghanistan War’s US Commanders are Ready For a Reboot

February 5, 2018 KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – There’s a new faith among the latest U.S. generals who have come to win the war in Afghanistan, but plenty of old realities. U.S. Central Command’s Gen. Joseph Votel, who is overseeing the Trump administration’s Afghanistan War reboot, came here to see its beginning and its promise...

U.S.-Backed Syrian Force Holding ‘Hundreds’ of ISIS Foreign Fighters

February 2, 2018 AMMAN, Jordan – The top U.S. commander of forces in the Middle East, Gen. Joseph Votel, predicted on Monday that “hundreds” of ISIS foreign fighters captured by U.S.-backed Syrian forces would be sent back to their home countries for prosecution. But on Tuesday, President Donald Trump said in his State...

US-Backed Syrian Force Holding ‘Hundreds’ of ISIS Foreign Fighters

February 1, 2018 AMMAN, Jordan – The top U.S. commander of forces in the Middle East, Gen. Joseph Votel, predicted on Monday that “hundreds” of ISIS foreign fighters captured by U.S.-backed Syrian forces would be sent back to their home countries for prosecution. But on Tuesday, President Donald Trump said in his State...

US General to Turkey: We’re Not Pulling Back

January 29, 2018 AMMAN, Jordan — Gen. Joseph Votel said the United States has no intention of withdrawing coalition forces from the northern Syrian town of Manbij, as Turkish leaders had demanded this weekend. As Turkish forces continued the assault on Afrin, the lead of U.S. Central Command on Monday urged Turkey and...

Turkey’s Attack on Kurds Tops U.S. Concerns in Syria, Even as ISIS Keeps Fighting

January 26, 2018 CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait ­– Turkey’s assault on Kurdish fighters around the northwest Syrian town of Afrin is now the top concern for U.S. military leaders in the region, who have sounded increasingly alarmed over the past three days. “Yeah, it certainly is. Definitely,” Gen. Joseph Votel told reporters Wednesday aboard...