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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.

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Russia returns to Cold War posture

Russian military activities and strategic nuclear forces are returning to a Cold War-era posture, the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific said Wednesday. Published April 15, 2015

Before leaving office, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel got a look at high-tech projects being developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Brad Tousley demonstrated a robot that would assist wounded warriors. (Associated Press)

Gearing up for robot wars

Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work on Wednesday outlined the Pentagon's plans for an advanced war-fighting strategy involving robot weapons and remote-controlled warfare. Published April 8, 2015

Maj. Eric Geyer, an F-18 Hornet instructor with Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1, and Capt. Kyle Haire, also an F-18 Hornet instructor with MAWTS-1, top left, and Maj. Clint Webber, the tactical aviation department head for MAWTS-1, bottom right, train in their aircraft during the spring Weapons and Tactics Instructors' Course at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., March 30.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. William Waterstreet)

Marine fighter jets landing on Taiwan sends China message

The emergency landing of two U.S. Marine Corps F-18 fighter jets on the island of Taiwan appears to have been a political message from the Pentagon to Beijing following a recent Chinese bomber drill near the island nation that is a key rival to Beijing's rule. Published April 1, 2015

The Islamic State may be looking to turn more of Rome into ruins. (AP Photo)

Islamic State attack on Italy coming

The Islamic State terrorist group likely will launch an attack on Italy within weeks, not months, according to a senior Libyan government official. Published March 25, 2015

China markets attack drone to foreign customers

A brochure from a Chinese state-run company reveals new details about one of Beijing's attack drones — called the Cai Hong-3 (CH-3), or Rainbow-3 — being offered for sale to foreign customers. Published March 25, 2015

"Social media is another component of unconventional strategies, and the security environment in general, that is playing a central role in recruiting individuals to causes," Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, said Wednesday in prepared testimony to the House Armed Services Committee.

Special Ops targets social media

U.S. special operations forces, elite commandos engaged in high-risk operations around the world, are adding a new focus to their portfolio of activities: social media and other unconventional information warfare threats. Published March 18, 2015

Japanese Aegis warship captain set to counter North Korean missiles

North Korea is increasing its missile capabilities that pose a growing threat to Japan, which has deployed sea-based missile defenses as a key element of its military forces, the commander of one of Japan's four Aegis-equipped missile defense ships said in an interview. Published March 17, 2015

Kenji Harada

Japan builds military forces to counter Chinese threats

Japan is building up its military forces and strengthening alliances to counter threats from China as the country emerges from decades of isolationism following its defeat in World War II. Published March 16, 2015

The North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un does not appear interested in holding sincere talks on giving up his nuclear arms. (Associated Press)

Secret North Korea talks?

A U.S. government source tells Inside the Ring there are signs the Obama administration is quietly working to open secret talks with North Korea as part of a plan to eventually normalize relations with the communist regime in Pyongyang. The discussions or plans for them are said to be similar to the secret diplomacy that led to the December 2014 announced initiative to normalize relations with Cuba. Published March 11, 2015

National Security Adviser Susan Rice addresses the 2015 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington, Monday, March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Susan Rice replaces Rahm Emanuel as White House 'F bomb' czar

White House National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice has developed a reputation among those who work with her for harshly criticizing people by using the "F bomb," according to current and former U.S. officials familiar with two exchanges. Published March 6, 2015

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Defector: North Korean hackers threaten West

A North Korean defector who once helped train Pyongyang's military hackers warned this week that the totalitarian regime is a major cybersecurity threat to the United States and other nations. Published March 4, 2015

China conducts JL-2 sub missile test

China carried out a flight test of its new JL-2 submarine-launched ballistic missile last month, highlighting Beijing's nuclear buildup of missile submarines. The JL-2 flight test took place Jan. 23, according to defense officials familiar with details of the test. Published February 18, 2015

Lisa Monaco, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, this week announced the creation of the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center, a "czar" bureaucracy. (Associated Press)

Cyberthreat center coming

The White House national security adviser for counterterrorism announced this week that the Obama administration is setting up a cyberintelligence center aimed at providing better information and coordinated responses after cyberattacks that she said are growing more diverse and dangerous. Published February 11, 2015

Ashton Carter outlines acts of cyber war

Defense Secretary nominee Ashton Carter told the Senate Committee on Armed Services that an act of cyberwarfare is defined as a cyberattack on critical infrastructure, the economy or U.S. military operations. Published February 4, 2015

A retired commander of the U.S. Central Command, Gen. James Mattis, in testimony on Capitol Hill, pulled no punches in criticizing policies and strategies ranging from confronting Chinese bullying in Asia and pulling U.S. troops out of Afghanistan to sharp defense cuts and putting women into combat roles. (Associated Press)

Gen. James Mattis criticizes Obama defense, security policies

Retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, former commander of the U.S. Central Command, delivered a harsh critique of the Obama administration's defense and national security policies this week — without ever mentioning the president or his security team by name. Published January 28, 2015

Russia is increasing military operations in eastern Ukraine, but the U.S. and NATO have not supplied urgently needed lethal weaponry to the Ukrainian army. Moscow has proposed restoring an agreed line of division to end an escalation of fighting. (Associated Press)

Russians advance on Ukraine

Russian military forces are crossing into eastern Ukraine in larger numbers, according to Phillip A. Karber, a Georgetown University professor currently on a fact-finding tour of the region. Published January 21, 2015

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was released in May after nearly five years as a hostage, and perhaps after a failed ransom payment to an Afghan national. (Associated Press)

Pentagon IG to query five in Bergdahl ransom probe

Despite an official denial from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that a ransom was paid, the Pentagon's inspector general last week moved a step closer to launching a formal investigation into charges that the military's Joint Special Operations Command paid a large sum in a failed bid to win the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan last year. Published December 31, 2014