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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

Michael Flynn and his son Michael G. Flynn (left) (Associated Press/File)

Michael Flynn and the revenge of the bureaucrats

The resignation of White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn on Monday was the result of a coordinated effort by current and former U.S. intelligence officials to undermine the Trump administration using the disclosure of highly classified communications intercepts. Published February 15, 2017

FILE - In this file photo posted on the Twitter page of Syria's al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front on April 25, 2015, which is consistent with AP reporting, Nusra Front fighters stand on their vehicles and wave their group's flags as they tour the streets of Jisr al-Shughour, Idlib province, Syria. The battle for Aleppo has gripped the world, but it is hardly the only active front across Syria. One of the next targets for the forces of Bashar Assad will probably be the heartland of rebel territory, the neighboring Idlib province. (Al-Nusra Front Twitter page via AP, File)

Al Qaeda resurgence

U.S. intelligence agencies recently uncovered new information indicating the al Qaeda terrorist group continues to plan for conducting terrorist attacks around the world. Published February 1, 2017

Critics says CIA Director John Brennan, a career intelligence analyst, sharply turned the agency in a leftward direction during his tenure in Langley. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump to reform intelligence

One national security priority of the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump is to reform the heavily bureaucratized and, to some critics, politicized U.S. intelligence community. Published January 18, 2017

"Migrant flows are greater now than in the past 70 years, raising the specter of drained welfare coffers and increased competition for jobs, and reinforcing nativist, anti-elite impulses," says a report by the National Intelligence Council. (Associated Press/File)

Intelligence report predicts dire future

The National Intelligence Council, an academic and intelligence analysis group, released a report this week on future global trends, and the picture the analysts painted is not bright. Published January 11, 2017

American military intelligence has identified a hotel complex that is serving as an ersatz headquarters for a Chinese military hacking unit. China is basically hiding its operations cyberattack units in plain sight.

PLA's hacking hotel

U.S. military intelligence has identified a headquarters for a Chinese military hacking unit -- inside two Beijing hotels. Published January 4, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin, a former KGB lieutenant colonel, has been a leading advocate for the use of secret intelligence operations for information warfare. The most dangerous form of his plans has been assassinations of political opponents. (Associated Press)

Vladimir Putin wages information war against U.S., allies, new book reveals

Russia under Vladimir Putin has emerged from the decades following the fall of the Soviet Union as a revanchist threatening power that is engaged in strategic information warfare against the United States and its allies. The attacks strike at the heart of the American democratic system and involve a covert action program aimed at influencing the outcome of the nation's most important political contest: the election of the president of the United States. Published January 3, 2017

Three Republican members of Congress are urging the Pentagon to investigate the security risks to American facilities and military forces in South Korea posed by a Chinese telecommunications company Huawei. (Associated Press)

Lawmakers urge Pentagon to probe Huawei deal

Three Republican members of Congress are urging Defense Secretary Ash Carter to investigate the security risks to American facilities and military forces in South Korea posed by a Chinese telecommunications company's role in a new wireless network in the country. Published December 28, 2016

A Rand Corp. report on China's military made public this week identifies key military capabilities, including drones, hypersonic glide vehicles, stealth jets, aircraft carriers and long-range ballistic and cruise missiles. (Associated Press)

China upgrades force projection doctrine

Along with a large-scale nuclear and conventional arms buildup, China is upgrading its military doctrine to include guidance focusing on rapid military power projection, according to Pentagon intelligence officials. Published December 7, 2016

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a joint press remarks with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak following the bilateral summit talks at Abe's official residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. (Kimimasa Mayama/Pool Photo via AP) (Associated Press)

Japan awaits trump

A nervous Japanese government is trying to figure out how American security policies will change under a Donald Trump administration. Published November 16, 2016

Trump transition battle underway

The stunning upset election of Donald Trump on Tuesday has set off a behind-the-scenes political battle inside the Trump transition team in Washington. Published November 9, 2016

Russia holds large-scale nuclear war games

Analysts at the Pentagon's Defense Intelligence Agency closely monitored a recent Russian nuclear forces exercise that was one of the largest strategic drills of its kind since the Soviet era. Published November 2, 2016

President Obama and White House National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice (Associated Press/File)

Rice and Obama engaging America's enemies

White House National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice remains among the more low-profile presidential advisers serving at the higher levels of the waning administration of President Obama. Details emerged this month showing Ms. Rice in 2008 was vetted for a national security post in the anticipated new administration and shared Mr. Obama's willingness to work with enemies of the U.S. Published October 26, 2016

FILE - The Pentagon is seen in this aerial view in Washington, in this March 27, 2008 file photo. The Pentagon has revised its Law of War guidelines to remove wording that could permit U.S. military commanders to treat war correspondents as unprivileged belligerents if they think the journalists are sympathizing or cooperating with enemy forces. The amended manual, published on July 22, 2016, also drops wording that equated journalism with spying. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Pentagon issues handbook on sex change in the ranks

Political correctness remains a central characteristic of the Obama administration's policies. Take the Pentagon's new anti-discrimination policy on what a newly-published handbook calls "gender dysphoria," or "the distress that some transgender individuals experience due to a mismatch between their gender and their sex assigned at birth." Published October 12, 2016