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Bill Gertz

Bill Gertz

Bill Gertz is a national security columnist for The Washington Times and senior editor at The Washington Free Beacon ( He has been with The Times since 1985.

He is the author of six books, four of them national best-sellers. His latest book, "The Failure Factory," on government bureaucracy and national security, was published in September 2008.

Mr. Gertz also writes a weekly column called Inside the Ring, a weekly column that chronicles the U.S. national security bureaucracy.

Mr. Gertz has been a guest lecturer at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.; the Central Intelligence Agency in Virginia; the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington; and the Brookings Institution in Washington. He has participated in the National Security Studies Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

He studied English literature at Washington College in Chestertown, Md., and journalism at George Washington University. He is married and has two daughters.

Articles by Bill Gertz

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at a U.S.-China business roundtable, comprised of U.S. and Chinese CEOs, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, in Seattle. The Paulson Institute, in partnership with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, co-hosted the event. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, Pool)

China seeks return of 2 wanted officials

One of China's key objectives for this week's meeting between President Obama and Chinese leader Xi Jinping is the return of two Chinese men in the United States who may have access to some of Beijing's innermost secrets. Published September 23, 2015

Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, talks with former Chinese President Jian Zemin during a parade commemorating the 70th anniversary of Japan's surrender during World War II held in front of Tiananmen Gate, in Beijing, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Summit to seek expanded China military ties

Despite tensions over Chinese military cyberattacks and destabilizing island-building in the South China Sea, the Obama administration is hoping to use the visit next week by Chinese President Xi Jinping to expand military exchanges. Published September 16, 2015

An inert Minuteman 3 missile sits in a training launch tube at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. President Obama's decision to reduce the role of nuclear weapons is being challenged by Russia's buildup of nuclear forces. (Associated Press)

Russia's nuclear weapons buildup challenges Obama's reduction goal

President Obama's decision two years ago to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in U.S. military and defense policies is being challenged by Russia's large-scale buildup of nuclear forces, along with Moscow's revised nuclear doctrine and recent threats to use the weapons. Published September 2, 2015

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had surgery on his foot, leading many to believe it led to his disappearance from public view. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

North Korean underground missile complex detected

North Korea has developed an elaborate underground missile complex at its Sohae missile and space launch facility near the northwestern border with China, according to U.S. officials. The underground complex includes both facilities for preparing missiles for launch and storage areas that are connected by rail lines, according to officials familiar with intelligence reports of the complex. Published August 19, 2015

NSA pinpoints China's cyberattacks

A secret National Security Agency document has revealed the massive nature of China's cyberattacks against the United States, with nearly 700 intrusions in private-sector and government networks. Published August 12, 2015


Stratcom backs Iran deal

The commander of the U.S. Strategic Command on Wednesday gave qualified support to the Obama administration's controversial nuclear deal with Iran. Published July 29, 2015

Gen. Michael Hayden, former CIA director. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez, File)

Controversial Iran intel estimate revisited

One of the enduring questions about Iran's nuclear program, which could be answered under the nuclear deal reached in Vienna this month, is whether a highly debated 2007 National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Tehran's nuclear program was accurate or off the mark. Published July 22, 2015

A B-52H Stratofortress is marshalled to a stop on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., July 2, 2015. Two B-52s flew an approximate 44-hour roundtrip mission to Australia where they integrated with Royal Australian Air Force ground forces in the region to conduct a conventional weapons exercise and perform a low approach at RAAF Base Tindal. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Benjamin Raughton)

B-52s' BAAD message to China

Two B-52 bombers conducted a nonstop, long-range simulated mission to Australia recently that is part of the Pentagon's effort to bolster allies in Asia against a growing Chinese threat. Published July 15, 2015

Unlike Germany and Japan that were converted to friends from enemies after World War II, Russia has not followed a similar model. (Associated Press)

Russian nuclear threat grows

Russia is emerging as a new strategic nuclear threat to the United States, a senior member of the House Committee on Armed Services revealed on Wednesday. Published July 8, 2015

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with U.S. President Barack Obama at Schloss Elmau hotel near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Monday, June 8, 2015, during the G-7 summit. (Michael Kappeler/Pool Photo via AP)

Congress seeks to block U.S. intel from German NSA probe

President Obama wants to share U.S. secrets with a German parliamentary committee investigating the National Security Agency's spying in Germany -- a move in direct opposition to Congressional restrictions. Published June 17, 2015

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is expected to discuss island-building with People's Liberation Army Gen. Fan Changlong during a meeting Thursday. (Associated Press)

Ashton Carter's remarks suggest an Obama policy shift on China

The Obama administration appears to be in the early phase of a policy shift on China. Tougher rhetoric and policies, most recently demonstrated by remarks in Asia from Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, coincide with the departures of two key officials long known for advocating more conciliatory policies toward Beijing. Published June 10, 2015

Obama secretly backing Muslim Brotherhood

President Obama and his administration continue to support the global Islamist militant group known the Muslim Brotherhood. A White House strategy document regards the group as a moderate alternative to more violent Islamist groups like al Qaeda and the Islamic State. Published June 3, 2015

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter Wednesday challenged Chinese pressure for U.S. warships and surveillance aircraft to halt all operations near disputed islands in the strategic waters that China is claiming as its sovereign maritime domain. (Associated Press)

Ashton Carter: Stop China island build-up

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Wednesday forcefully called on China to halt all island construction in the South China Sea and said U.S. forces will not be pressured into halting military operations there. Published May 27, 2015

A Korean Air Airbus A380 (bottom left) is on display with other aircraft at the 49th Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport outside Paris on Monday, June 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Paris Air Show targeted by terrorists, spies

Foreign spies and terrorists are two threats facing American aerospace firms attending the prestigious international Paris Air Show next month, according to a State Department security report. Published May 20, 2015