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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

China's combat drone is described as "a stark example of China's broad investment in advanced military technologies."

Inside the Ring: Al Qaeda websites hacked

Three of al Qaeda's major websites for recruiting terrorists and communicating propaganda were shut down recently in an apparent case of counterterrorism hacking or possibly as a result of internal disputes among terrorists. Published May 15, 2013

One of China's biggest banks on Tuesday said it has halted business with the Foreign Trade Bank of North Korea, accused by the U.S. of financing Pyongyang's missile and nuclear programs, in a recent sign of Beijing pressuring its ally. (Associated Press)

Inside the Ring: China reins in North Korea

Clear signs are emerging for the first time indicating that China is responding to U.S. pressure to help modify belligerent behavior by Beijing's fraternal communist ally in North Korea. Published May 8, 2013

During the Soviet era, Russia was the first to deploy a rail-mobile nuclear missile system known as the SS-24. Moscow announced plans to deploy the first of its new intercontinental ballistic missiles called the Yars-M later this year.

Inside the Ring: Russia builds up, U.S. down

As the Obama administration prepares to launch a new round of strategic nuclear missile cuts, Russia's strategic nuclear forces are undergoing a major modernization, according to U.S. officials. Published May 1, 2013

During a news conference with Chinese Gen. Fang Fenghui, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said "We will build and recognize the historic alliances, and there will be points when that creates friction."`

Inside the Ring: Targeting N. Korea's funds

The Pentagon's top general this week predicted that the U.S. pivot to Asia and increased support for alliances in the region will produce "friction" with China. Published April 24, 2013

Some intelligence officials fear that Kim Jong-Un may take a page from his grandfather, Kim Il-sung, who launched the Korean War in part because he feared losing power. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Inside the Ring: North Korea war strategy

U.S. intelligence officials assessing North Korea's recent bellicose statements are increasingly concerned that Kim Jong-un could use his limited nuclear arsenal as part of offensive military attack that would be calculated to improve the prospects for reunifying the country rather suffering a collapse of his regime. Published April 17, 2013

Associated press

Inside the Ring: Transcom or emocom?

The Air Force more than other military services has jumped enthusiastically on the Obama administration's campaign to socially engineer the military through politically correct programs and policies. Published April 10, 2013

Cui Tiankai

Inside the Ring: New PRC ambassador

China's new ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai, arrived in Washington this week and takes up the key diplomatic post with a notable past of diplomatic activities, as detailed in leaked classified State Department cables from 2006 and 2010. Published April 3, 2013

Former NSA Deputy Director William B. Black, Jr. (Government photo)

Inside the Ring: NSA on cyberwar

Cyberwarfare is the hot topic in military and intelligence circles at the Pentagon amid unrelenting cyberattacks from China, Russia, Iran and elsewhere. Published March 27, 2013

A Chinese paramilitary policeman stands guard on Tiananmen Square while sessions of the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference are held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Monday, March 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

China confirms nuclear deal with Pakistan

China confirmed this week it will sell a new 1,000-megawatt nuclear reactor to Pakistan that the United States says would violate Beijing's obligations under a nuclear supplier control group. Published March 26, 2013

This undated photo provided by the U.S. Air Force shows a Canadian Air Force F-18 Hornet jet (left) escorting a Russian TU-95 Bear heavy bomber out of Canadian airspace. Japanese interceptor jets were scrambled to intercept two TU-95s recently. (Associated Press)

Inside the Ring: New Bear bomber flights

Two Russian strategic nuclear bombers carried out a fourth high-profile training flight last week, flying near South Korea, where large-scale war games are under way, and near Japan and the U.S. military bases on Okinawa. Published March 20, 2013

U.S. Pacific Command leader Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III.

Inside the Ring: New cyberwar developments

The U.S. government this week lifted the lid slightly on its mostly secret policies on cybersecurity and cyberthreats, as the Obama administration grapples with the growing problem of cyberwarfare attacks and computer-based spying. Published March 13, 2013

Commander of U.S. Strategic Command Gen. C. Robert Kehler, with President Obama, warns of a cascade of problems with sequestration. (Associated Press)

Inside the Ring: Asia pivot threatened

National security officials in the military and at the Pentagon are voicing growing worries that the second Obama administration is preparing to jettison the new policy focus on Asia known as the "pivot" or rebalancing. Published March 6, 2013

Cyberattacks that stole information in the United States and other countries have been traced to Chinese army operations in a building in the outskirts of Shanghai. (Associated Press)

Inside the Ring: Chinese pressure points

China’s military fears a major cyberattack against its strategic forces, and communist leaders also worry about cyberstrikes against infrastructure, according to Michael Pillsbury, a former Reagan administration defense-planning chief. Published February 28, 2013

Rose Gottemoeller, acting undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, was in Moscow last week for talks that included discussion of proposed new arms reductions. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Inside the Ring: Warhead cuts coming

President Obama's plan to carry out a new round of nuclear-warhead cuts will be announced soon, U.S. officials say. Published February 20, 2013

** FILE ** In this Dec. 24, 1998, photo, Muslim militant and al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden speaks to a selected group of reporters in mountains of Helmand province in southern Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahimullah Yousafzai)

Inside the Ring: Who killed bin Laden?

A second Navy SEAL who reportedly fired the shots that killed Osama bin Laden is challenging an earlier version of events that said the al Qaeda leader was killed by a commando outside bin Laden's room. Published February 13, 2013

**FILE** China's only aircraft carrier, Liaoning, returns to port Oct. 30 after its first navy sea trial, in Dalian in northeastern China's Liaoning province. (Associated Press)

Inside the Ring: Blunt warning on China

A senior Navy intelligence official issued a blunt warning last week that China's growing "hegemonistic" threat to security is destabilizing the Asia-Pacific region. Published February 6, 2013

A French soldier directs helicopters near Timbuktu, Mali, on Jan. 28, 2013. Backed by French helicopters and paratroopers, Malian soldiers entered the fabled city of Timbuktu on Monday after al Qaeda-linked militants who ruled the outpost by fear for nearly 10 months fled into the desert, setting fire to a library that held thousands of manuscripts dating to the Middle Ages. (Associated Press/French Army Communications Audiovisual office)

Inside the Ring: New al Qaeda threat

A jihadist website posted a new threat by al Qaeda this week that promises to conduct "shocking" attacks on the United States and the West. Published January 30, 2013

**FILE** Then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill on Jan. 23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks against the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Inside the Ring: CIA in Benghazi

Congressional testimony from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday provided no new information about the CIA's covert operation in Benghazi involving weapons shipments. Published January 23, 2013

**FILE** Chinese army trucks carrying new long-range and cruise missiles are shown off during China's 60th anniversary celebration in October 2009. (Associated Press)

Inside the Ring: Chinese missile defense test?

U.S. intelligence agencies are closely monitoring China's missile facilities in anticipation of a test of China's missile defense interceptor, which also doubled in the past as an anti-satellite (ASAT) missile. Published January 9, 2013