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Kevin Baron

Executive Editor, Defense One

Kevin Baron
Kevin Baron is executive editor of Defense One. Baron leads a newsroom of journalists covering the future of international security while overseeing all editorial output and events. He is also a frequent on-stage event host, moderator, and on-air contributor. For 25 years, Baron has reported on war zones and world leaders, covering the military, foreign policy, intelligence, and politics for Foreign Policy, National Journal, Stars and Stripes, and investigations at the Boston Globe and the Center for Public Integrity. He is twice a Polk Award winner, founding vice president of the Pentagon Press Association, and a former national security/military analyst at NBC News & MSNBC. Baron earned his M.A. in media and public affairs from George Washington University, and his B.A. in international studies from the University of Richmond. He studied in Paris and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Raised in Florida, Baron lives in Northern Virginia.
Ideas

Defense One Radio, Ep. 114: Germany’s uneasy year ahead + 2023 preview with BAE’s Tom Arseneault

We review the year that was and preview what might lie ahead for the U.S., Europe, and the wider global defense industry.

Exclusive Policy

World Leaders Expected to Push for Ukraine War Crimes Trials at Munich Security Conference

“How do we get them in front of courts?” says the German ambassador who leads the annual event.

Ideas

I’m Thankful for American Troops – All of Them

The right-wing war on American LGBTQ+ troops and diversity in the military is getting worse. Maybe it’s time Pentagon leaders defend their own.

Threats

Is Russia’s Nuclear About-Face More or Less Credible Than Its Earlier Threats?

After months of saber-rattling, Putin and his government have been disavowing the use of tactical nukes in Ukraine.

Ideas

Sensible Talk Aboard a UK Aircraft Carrier. But Does It Come Too Late?

New poll shows US, UK publics aren’t buying what national-security experts have been selling.

Exclusive Policy

Woke-ism Not to Blame for Army Shortfalls, Says Top Recruiting General

“That is not what I’m seeing,” says commanding general of U.S. Army Recruiting Command, as right-wing pundits target the military over anti-racism, anti-extremism, gender, and climate change policies.

Policy

US Denies Ukraine’s Request for Long-Range Missiles in Latest Arms Gift

Ukraine can reach the “vast majority” of targets with what they already have, a Pentagon official says.

Ideas

In NYC, a Bronx Cheer for Putin, Trump, and the Aging UN

As the General Assembly met for the first time since Russia invaded Ukraine, Biden warned against nuclear war and the UN’s growing irrelevance. Will he do more?

Exclusive Policy

After Roe, ‘We Do Have Options’ to Avoid Anti-Abortion States, Army Chief Says

As ever, soldiers can indicate their station preferences—but the Army’s needs come first, Gen. McConville says.

Ideas

China’s New Ambassador Warns US Has ‘Gone Too Far’ Over Taiwan

Qin Gang is setting himself up as the unflinching mouthpiece of an assertive Beijing. Can he win over Washington?

Ideas

Trump Wants Concentration Camps and Presidential Control of Domestic Troops

The disgraced former president said the next chief executive should take control of the National Guard from state governors and deploy troops to quell cities.

Science & Tech

How NORAD Plans to Ward Off Cruise Missiles Fired at the US

The command has goals for 2025 and 2030, but wants more guidance from the Pentagon.

Threats

Russia is ‘About to Run Out of Steam,’ MI6 Chief Says

Ukraine is “still a winnable campaign,” and America’s divisions are undermining its global influence, said Britain’s spy chief in a rare and sweeping public interview.

Threats

What the West Has Given Is Not Enough to Win, Ukraine Says

Central and Eastern European defense ministers say limited arms packages will not defeat Russia in the Donbas or deter invasion elsewhere.