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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

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency will take greater control of the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense missile system from Boeing at the end of this year, according a spokesman. This is a major shift in oversight. (Department of Defense)

Military building for info warfare

Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate this week that the military is taking steps to improve its capabilities for countering and conducting information warfare — the use of cyberattacks and influence operations. Published July 19, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a signing ceremony following their talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with Russia's President Vladimir Putin for talks on boosting ties between the two allies. (Sergei Ilnitsky/Pool Photo via AP) (credit)

Russia, China undermining U.S.

Russia and China are working against the United States around the world, according to a Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) report. Published July 12, 2017

This photo distributed by the North Korean government shows what was said to be the launch of a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile, ICBM, in North Korea's northwest, Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this photo. North Korea claimed to have tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile in a launch Tuesday, a potential game-changing development in its push to militarily challenge Washington  but a declaration that conflicts with earlier South Korean and U.S. assessments that it had an intermediate range. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP) (Associated Press)

North Korea's ICBM warhead

Photographic analysis of North Korea's new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) reveals the nose cone of the nuclear-capable rocket appears similar to a suspected Chinese-supplied warhead for a Pakistani nuclear-capable missile. Published July 5, 2017

The proposed sale of a stake in 666 Fifth Ave., a Manhattan skyscraper owned by Kushner Cos., to the Chinese state-connected insurance company Anbang has officials in Beijing concerned about fallout. (Associated Press)

Beijing fears anti-China sentiment in U.S. from Mueller investigation

The political hysteria sweeping Washington over allegations of Russian meddling in the presidential election is reverberating in China. The communist government is worried that a similar wave of anti-China sentiment will take hold in the United States. Published June 21, 2017

North Koreans, who honor late leaders Kim Il-sung, and Kim Jong-il, are thought to be plotting Hidden Cobra, an operation intended to hijack computer devices for large-scale cyberattacks on critical U.S. infrastructure. (Associated Press/File)

North Korea's hack threat

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security warned this week that North Korea is using malicious software to set up networks of hijacked computer devices that can be used in large-scale cyberattacks on critical infrastructure. Published June 14, 2017

In this Saturday, June 3, 2017, photo released Monday, June 5, 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin talks with Megyn Kelly during an interview with NBC's "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" in St. Petersburg, Russia. Putin says claims about Russian involvement in U.S. elections are untrue, and says the United States actively interferes with elections in other countries. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian test advances high-speed missile

Russia carried out the latest test of a new high-speed cruise missile last week as part of a program that is raising concerns in the Pentagon about the threat the missile poses to American warships. Published June 7, 2017

In this Sept. 15, 2016, file photo, U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

China joins practice

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson spoke recently about the need to protect American military advantages, but appears unconcerned by Chinese spying on naval exercises. Published May 31, 2017

John Rood, a veteran national security policymaker, has emerged as the leading candidate of Defense Secretary James Mattis to be the next undersecretary of defense for policy.

John Rood leads candidates for Pentagon policy chief

John Rood, a veteran national security policymaker, has emerged as the leading candidate of Defense Secretary James Mattis to be the next undersecretary of defense for policy, the key policymaking post at the Pentagon, according to U.S. defense officials. Published May 24, 2017

The Pyongyang University of Science and Technology was where Americans Kim Hak-song and Tony Kim were working before their recent arrests in North Korea. (Associated Press/File)

North Korea travel warnings issued to Americans

The State Department issued reports this week warning Americans not to travel to North Korea, where the regime in Pyongyang is stepping up detentions and military provocations. Published May 10, 2017

Supercomputers play a vital role in the design, development and analysis of almost all modern weapons systems, said a report by the National Security Agency-Energy Department based on an assessment of China's new supercomputer called the TaihuLight.

Chinese supercomputers threaten U.S. security

China is eclipsing the United States in developing high-speed supercomputers used to build advanced weapons, and the loss of American leadership in the field poses a threat to U.S. national security. Published May 3, 2017

President Trump added weight to his threat to act unilaterally against the nuclear weapons program of North Korea last week by approving U.S. missile strikes on Syria while hosting Chinese President Xi Jinping. (Associated Press)

Trump-Xi summit focuses on North Korea

President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping exchanged views on the assessment of North Korea's nuclear weapons program last week, and "there was mutual agreement the problem has become more urgent," a senior administration tells Inside the Ring. Published April 12, 2017

Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten, commander of the Strategic Command, warns that terrorist drones pose a threat to U.S. nuclear facilities. (Associated Press)

Stratcom issues guidance on drone threats

The commander of the Strategic Command voiced concerns this week that terrorists could use drone aircraft to attack U.S. nuclear facilities. Published April 5, 2017

The Pentagon has taken steps to tighten restrictions on employees who travel to China because it is concerned about illicit Chinese acquisition of defense technology. Security officials also are urging Defense Department travelers to avoid transit through the communist state after several incidents involving Americans who were detained or harassed on the way to third countries. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Pentagon tightens security on China contacts

Concerned over illicit Chinese acquisition of defense technology, the Pentagon has taken steps to tighten restrictions on employees who travel to China. Published March 29, 2017

Cyber Warfare Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Warfare goes digital in the 21st century

Russia's intelligence service hacks Democratic Party computer networks and puts out stolen emails in a bid to influence the 2016 election. China says it owns 90 percent of the South China Sea and begins building military bases under a vague historical claim to the strategic waterway. Iranian hackers break into American banks and a water control computer network at an upstate New York dam. Welcome to the new form of conflict in the 21st century: information warfare. Published March 29, 2017

The Pacific Command will be the focus of Patrick Cronin, a former critic of President Trump, who landed a plum position as director of the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies. (Associated Press/File)

Trump critic Patrick Cronin to head plum Pentagon think tank

Patrick Cronin, an Asian security expert with the Democrat-leaning Center for New American Security, has been named to the plum post of director of a key Pentagon think tank, the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies. Published March 22, 2017

Vice Adm. Kevin Donegan, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (middle) warned that Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have employed an Iranian-designed remotely piloted small boat filled with explosives to take out enemy targets. He also said Iran supplied the explosives. (U.S. Navy)

Iran behind Yemeni rebels' explosive boats

Iranian-backed Houthi rebels working to take power in Yemen are using a new weapon that is raising fears of seaborne attacks on both military and commercial shipping in the region. Published March 15, 2017

U.S. Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testifies during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, March 7, 2017. Gen. Selva testified alongside U.S. Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command; U.S. Navy Adm. Bill Moran, Vice Chief of Naval Operations; and U.S. Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson. Gen. Selva spoke about the continuing relevance of U.S. nuclear forces for our national security and the steps the Joint Force is taking to modernize and replace them. He also stated that U.S. weapons, delivery systems, the infrastructure that supports them, and the personnel who operate, monitor, and maintain them are prepared today to respond to any contingency. (DoD Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. James K. McCann)

Drones threatened nuclear facilities

Drone aircraft recently carried out unauthorized intrusions over Air Force and Navy nuclear facilities, and the incidents pose a growing threat, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command disclosed to Congress Wednesday. Published March 8, 2017