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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 telecom firm tied to spy ministry

A U.S. intelligence report for the first time links China's largest telecommunications company to Beijing's KGB-like intelligence service and says the company recently received nearly a quarter-billion dollars from the Chinese government. Published October 11, 2011

Inside the Ring

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the newly minted chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, began his tenure this week by setting a tone of defiance and strength. Published October 5, 2011

Inside the Ring

Obama administration intelligence, military, defense and diplomatic officials are engaged in a vigorous debate over policy toward Pakistan. Published September 28, 2011

Rose Gottemoeller, assistant secretary of state for verification, has said that "we are committed to continuing a step-by-step process to reduce the overall number of nuclear weapons." (Associated Press)

Inside the Ring

The Obama administration has been secretly working on a review of U.S. nuclear weapons in what officials say is part of the White House effort to make deeper cuts on strategic nuclear forces. Published September 21, 2011

Brian Kelley, veteran counterspy, dies at 68

Retired CIA officer Brian J. Kelley, a veteran counterspy who broke the code on how Moscow secretly communicates with deep-cover agents and who mistakenly was hounded by the FBI as a suspected KGB mole, has died. He was 68. Published September 20, 2011

Arms sale to Taiwan may fray China ties

The Pentagon is bracing for some cutbacks in military and other cooperation efforts with China as a result of a new arms package for Taiwan, expected to be announced formally this week. Published September 19, 2011

Obama agrees to sell arms to Taiwan

President Obama has decided to sell a new arms package to Taiwan that will likely include weapons and equipment to upgrade the island's F-16 jets, according to administration and congressional officials. Published September 15, 2011

Inside the Ring

The Pentagon is more successful in using deception operations against closed societies like China and Iran but is careful to avoid "blowback" disinformation that reaches U.S. society, a Pentagon official said on Wednesday. Published September 14, 2011

Computer-based attacks emerge as threat of future, general says

The general in charge of U.S. cyberwarfare forces said Tuesday that future computer-based combat likely will involve electronic strikes that cause widespread power outages and even physical destruction of thousand-ton machines. Published September 13, 2011

Military, CIA shun 9/11 panel on covert operations

The U.S. military and the CIA failed to agree on implementing a key recommendation of the commission that investigated the 9/11 terrorist attacks: Give special-operations commandos the lead for all covert military action. Published September 8, 2011

Inside the Ring

A Chinese warship fired a high-powered beam of light that disrupted the vision of crew members aboard a U.S. Navy surveillance ship operating in international waters in 2008. Published September 7, 2011

Rebel reinforcements from the Libyan capital of Tripoli celebrate as they arrive at a checkpoint between Tarhouna and Bani Walid, Libya, on Monday, Sept. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)

Jihadists plot to take over Libya

Jihadists among the Libyan rebels revealed plans last week on the Internet to subvert the post-Moammar Gadhafi government and create an Islamist state, according to U.S. intelligence agencies. Published September 4, 2011

** FILE ** The General Electric logo (Associated Press)

Inside the Ring

Pentagon technology security officials are set to meet with General Electric officials on Thursday to discuss security concerns related to the transfer of jet avionics technology to China. Published August 31, 2011

China expanding its nuclear stockpile

China is expanding its nuclear forces with a new multiwarhead mobile missile and keeps its strategic stockpiles in deep underground bunkers, the Pentagon disclosed in its annual report to Congress on the Chinese military. Published August 25, 2011

Inside the Ring

Chinese computer hackers, some linked to the military, engaged in an aggressive international campaign of electronic espionage through the Internet from 2003 through at least 2009, according to documents obtained by Inside the Ring. Published August 24, 2011

Pentagon report: China closer to matching modern militaries

China made impressive gains last year in its military buildup that pushed the Communist Party-controlled People's Liberation Army closer to matching modern militaries, according to the Pentagon's annual report to Congress made public Wednesday. Published August 24, 2011

**FILE** David Letterman (Associated Press/CBS)

Inside the Ring

Al Qaeda obviously can't take a joke. Television comedian David Letterman is under fire from the terrorist group for on-air jokes about the killing of Osama bin Laden. Published August 17, 2011