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Kevin Baron

Executive Editor

Kevin Baron
Kevin Baron is the founding executive editor of Defense One. Baron has lived in Washington for more than 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 a former vice president of the Pentagon Press Association. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Baron earned his M.A. in media and public affairs from George Washington University, 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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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.

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Another Killer Dressed Up Like a Special Operator

The SOF community could do more to protect what they’ve earned and shame wannabes who dress to kill.

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A Swedish Compromise Won’t Solve NATO’s Turkey Problem

As two Nordic nations bid to join, Erdogan’s hostage-taking should force the alliance to reckon with a member that is increasingly a security risk.

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Does the West Want Ukraine to Win or Not?

The relative trickle of advanced weapons to Kyiv suggests Western leaders would be fine with a stalemate.

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How Much Can US Howitzers Help Ukraine?

Everybody’s talking about the fabled long-range guns. Here’s why.

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NATO Deploys Response Forces; Warns Russia ‘We Will Defend Every Inch’ of Alliance

Rare emergency summit produces unprecedented order to activate a wide range of ready capabilities.

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The Battle for Ukraine: What We Know So Far

Ukrainians fought back as Russian armor pushed toward cities, U.S. says. And more Americans are deploying to NATO’s eastern front.

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World Leaders Vow Retribution as Russian Forces Press Deeper into Ukraine

"This is a declaration of war against the whole of Europe,” says Ukrainian president, as NATO, UN members begin to enact responses.

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An Exiled Russian Dissident Watches Putin Invade Ukraine

“Russia doesn’t need to invade Ukraine for there to be justification for sanctions today,” said a confidante of Alexey Navalny on a low-profile visit to Washington.

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Putin Orders Russian Troops to Invade Eastern Ukraine

Declaring two Ukrainian regions “independent,” Putin dispatched “peacekeepers” and warned Ukraine not to fight back. The White House issued immediate sanctions.

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What’s Taking So Long? Rename Those Confederate Bases

It shouldn’t be this hard or require this political theater to do what’s right, right now.

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Can I Watch the Olympics or Does That Make Me a Communist?

New polls show there’s still time to shape how Americans feel about China, while still rooting for Team USA.

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It’s Macron’s Moment to Move Europe Beyond NATO

Russian threats, Normandy talks, and the EU presidency give the French leader a golden chance to advance his new European security arrangement.

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Biden Just Gave France Something More Valuable than a Submarine Contract

The White House endorsement of European defense apart from NATO is worth more than a $66 billion deal with Australia.

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Army Chief Calls for Afghanistan Review: ‘Let the Cards Fall Where They Fall’

McConville says lessons must be learned because “terrorism is not going away.”

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The Forever War is Dead. Long Live the Forever War

The fight against terrorism will continue, yet our body politic is weakened by double-speak.