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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 (www.freebeacon.com). 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

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the deployment of S-400 missiles in Syria as he and other officials in Moscow escalated a war of words with Ankara after Tuesday's shootdown, which Turkey claims was justified on grounds that two Russian fighters ignored repeated warnings to change direction after entering Turkish airspace. (Associated Press)

New Russian beachhead in Syria

U.S. intelligence agencies are closely watching what appears to be a buildup of Russian military forces in northeastern Syria, very close to the Turkish border. Published February 3, 2016

Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Command, shows a photograph of an island that China is building on the Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea. (Associated Press/File)

Report faults Pentagon's Asia rebalance

A Pentagon-sponsored study has found that efforts to refocus U.S. policies and forces on Asian security are faltering because of an increase in Chinese high-technology weapons and instability in the Middle East. Published January 27, 2016

China is said to be concerned that the Islamic State is moving into western China, specifically Xinjiang province, where Muslim Uighurs in the past have joined Islamist terrorist groups. (Associated Press/File)

China may enter war against ISIS

China's military may send troops to join the global conflict against Islamic State terrorists, according to defense officials. Published January 13, 2016

The shift to space and information warfare is part of a major military reorganization that has been underway in China for the past several years. It's designed to transform the once ground forces-heavy PLA into a high-technology force.

China preps for space warfare

Following recent tests of anti-satellite missiles and near-space hypersonic vehicles, China's military will soon create a new Space Force within the People's Liberation Army, a sign Beijing is preparing for future space warfare. Published December 30, 2015

James R. Clapper (Associated Press/File)

Russian cybersecurity intelligence targets critical U.S. infrastructure

U.S. intelligence agencies recently identified a Russian cybersecurity firm, which has expertise in testing the network vulnerabilities of the electrical grid, financial markets and other critical infrastructure, as having close ties to Moscow's Federal Security Service, the civilian intelligence service. Published December 16, 2015

Army Gen. General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, U.S. Forces Korea commander, still wants the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, an advanced missile system, deployed to protect U.S. and allied forces. (U.S. Army)

U.S. opposes China-Russia space arms treaty

A senior State Department official said in Beijing this week the United States will oppose a formal treaty banning weapons in space, as both China and Russia recently conducted flight tests of satellite-killing missiles. Published December 2, 2015

State Department warns China IP hacking will continue

American companies doing business in China will face a continuing threat to their intellectual property under Chinese President Xi Jinping's security policies, according to a State Department security report. Published November 25, 2015

La Belle Equipe restaurant in Paris was one of the sites of the terrorist attacks Friday. U.S. and European intelligence agencies are hunting for anyone connected to the deadly assaults. (Associated Press)

French nationals identified in terrorist ring

U.S. intelligence agencies have been increasing human and electronic spying activities in support of NATO allies seeking to unravel the plot behind the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris last week. Published November 18, 2015

A Minuteman III booster is lowered into the tube at a launch facility in February. Air Force spokesman Ed Gulick said three options were being considered: keeping Minuteman IIIs through 2075; building a new silo-based ICBM; and deploying a mix of Minuteman IIIs and road-mobile missile. (U.S. Air Force)

Pentagon studies new mobile ICBM

The Air Force is nearing completion of plans for the next generation land-based strategic nuclear missiles that could be deployed on difficult-to-locate mobile launchers or in tunnels. Published November 11, 2015

FILE - In this May 29, 2003 file photo, sailors man the rails as the USS Theodore Roosevelt is maneuvered into it's berth at the Norfolk Naval Station in Norfolk, Va. Defense Secretary Carter was flying Thursday onto the USS Theodore Roosevelt, an American aircraft carrier in the disputed waterway. Carter is using the visit to the USS Theodore Roosevelt to amplify the U.S. view that China is making excessive claims that nearly all of the South China Sea as its territory.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Stealth bomber race underway

The Pentagon announced last week it is developing a new strategic bomber that will carry both nuclear and conventional weapons, as both China and Russia are engaged in similar stealth bomber programs. The U.S. bomber, currently named Long Range Strike Bomber, or LRS-B, eventually will be called the B-3 when the first aircraft are deployed in the mid-2020s. Published November 4, 2015

A Russian Su-24 bomber takes off on a night combat mission in Syria. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via Associated Press)

Inside the Ring: Russian military flights over Iraq questioned

Iraq's government has told the United States that it will not permit Russian military forces to conduct air and missile strikes inside the country. But Baghdad is allowing Russian military aircraft to overfly its territory to resupply its forces, despite a request from the United States to deny the flights. Published October 28, 2015

House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy, South Carolina Republican, will focus his inquiries on former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's failures in Libya Thursday during her testimony. (Associated Press)

China to boost Iran's weapons

House Republicans on Thursday plan on using an unexpected approach to questioning former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the much-anticipated hearing of the special congressional committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi terror attacks. Published October 21, 2015

Chinese President Xi Jinping talks about how the Chinese symbol for the word "people" resembles two sticks supporting each other as he speaks Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, at a banquet in Seattle. Xi was in Seattle on his way to Washington, D.C., for a White House state dinner on Friday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

New details of Chinese space weapons revealed

A forthcoming report by the congressional U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission provides new details of China's space-weapons programs, dubbed counterspace arms, that are aimed at destroying or jamming U.S. satellites and limiting American combat operations around the world. Published October 14, 2015

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