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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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Panetta, Dempsey refute GOP claims of budget dissenters

April 17, 2012 Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, rejected on Monday recent GOP allegations that there are unheard budget dissenters to President Obama’s spending request in the Pentagon ranks. The comments represent the defense leaders’ first reactions to the specific charge made by...

Five U.S. military personnel also suspected of inappropriate conduct in Colombia

April 15, 2012 Five U.S. Service members are suspected of "inappropriate conduct" related to the Secret Service unit providing security at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia. "The conduct is alleged to have occurred in the same hotel where the recalled United States Secret Service agents were staying," said a Saturday...

Arming Syrian rebels is a bad idea, lawmakers warn

April 2, 2012 House intelligence leaders said on Sunday that arming Syrian rebels remains unwise because they are unknown actors and Syria’s regime continues to be backed by Iran and Russia. “I think we both agree that’s probably a bad idea,” said Mike Rogers, R-Mich., chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on...

Lawmakers, generals, budgets. . . and lies?

March 29, 2012 The chasm between Republicans, Democrats, and the military over defense-spending cuts was on full display on Thursday as key lawmakers in separate events accused each other and senior U.S. military leaders of deceit and dishonesty over deficit-reduction posturing and what is required for national security. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul...

General blames leadership failures for recent Afghanistan incidents

March 26, 2012 The last few months of alleged misconduct and mistakes by U.S. troops across the Afghanistan war have caused the top war commander, Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, to question the “command climate” at small-units across the country, he said on Monday. Allen, in one of his final public appearances during...

House GOP budget to avoid sequester of Defense funds

March 15, 2012 House Republicans are planning to pull the defense-spending cuts mandated by sequestration off the table in their version of the budget expected to be released next week, according to two Hill aides. President Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta have stated they want defense spending to be part of a...

Defense secretary visits a tense Afghanistan

March 14, 2012 Defense Secretary Leon Panetta landed in Afghanistan overnight for a long-planned visit that suddenly has new urgency. Panetta is the first top U.S. official to visit Afghanistan since this weekend's murder of 16 Afghan civilians, allegedly by a U.S. soldier who turned himself in, has caused serious doubts in Washington...

Administration will weather latest Afghan storm

February 28, 2012 For years, the Afghanistan war has suffered through unpopular civilian casualties, night raids, drone strikes, illiterate partner-soldiers, and not-so-friendly fire by trigger-happy uniformed Afghan security forces. It’s unlikely the current firestorm over the U.S. military’s accidental burning of Korans will have political legs in Washington, much less among disinterested U.S....

Pentagon's top public affairs official steps down

February 24, 2012 Doug Wilson, the Pentagon's top public affairs official, announced he is stepping down next month. "I have enjoyed a wonderful career in foreign policy and communications," Wilson, assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, told National Journal, "and so far I have worked virtually without interruption for almost 40 years...

Homeland security spending request holds level

February 13, 2012 In a budget the administration says commits to border and aviation security, prepares for disaster relief, and boosts cyber security, the White House on Monday requested $39.5 billion for the Homeland Security Department next year, just a half-a-percent decrease from current spending. President Obama asks for $6.1 billion in disaster...