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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


General: Prioritize nuclear upgrades in budget

U.S. strategic nuclear forces are old, in dire need of modernization and face "draconian" cuts because of the federal budget crisis, the commander of U.S. nuclear forces said Tuesday. Published November 22, 2011

Inside the Ring

The Obama administration is set to offer more concessions to the Russians on missile defense, the latest one a proposal to share secret technical data on the U.S. military's most effective anti-missile interceptor. Published November 16, 2011

** FILE ** A security officer walks on the roof of the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Pentagon battle concept has Cold War posture on China

The Pentagon lifted the veil of secrecy Wednesday on a new battle concept aimed at countering Chinese military efforts to deny access to areas near its territory and in cyberspace. Published November 9, 2011

Inside the Ring

The Pentagon announced Wednesday the creation of a new office to deal with China's growing military power in Asia, and defense officials said the office represents a harsh policy rebuke to pro-China analysts who for the past 20 years sought to minimize Beijing's forces. Published November 9, 2011

Watchdog reveals Iran's nuclear arms work

Iran has carried out extensive development of nuclear weapons, including work on a warhead for its medium-range Shahab-3 missile and preparations for an underground test, the International Atomic Energy Agency revealed in an internal report Tuesday. Published November 8, 2011

Inside the Ring

China is continuing to provide advanced missiles and other conventional arms to Iran and may be doing so in violation of U.N. sanctions against the Tehran regime, according to a draft report by the congressional U.S.-China Commission. Published November 2, 2011

FBI says Russian spies got close to Cabinet

The FBI rounded up a network of deep-cover Russian spies last year after the group came close to placing an agent near a Cabinet official in the Obama administration, a senior FBI counterspy said Monday as the bureau released once-secret documents on the case. Published October 31, 2011

Inside the Ring

Rep. J. Randy Forbes has written to Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta requesting a formal Pentagon review of whether a joint venture between General Electric and a Chinese aviation firm will compromise U.S. military technology. Published October 26, 2011

A new look at Berlin as the wall was built

The CIA and National Archives are releasing declassified documents Thursday that provide new insights into the Berlin crisis of 1961, when the Soviet Union and United States faced off over access to West Berlin and the building of the Cold War's most infamous symbol. Published October 26, 2011

Leon Panetta

Defense chief says U.S. is shifting focus to Asia

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta traveled to Asia this week, and his message to allies and adversaries - mainly China and North Korea - was clear: The United States is shifting its focus to the region and bolstering forces and alliances there. Published October 26, 2011

** FILE ** Army Gen. Keith B. Alexander (Associated Press)

Cybercommand chief opposes U.N. net control

The commander of the U.S. Cyber Command said Thursday that he does not favor giving the United Nations the power to regulate the Internet. Published October 20, 2011

The departure of State Department special envoy for North Korea Stephen Bosworth highlights a policy split within the Obama administration about how to deal with he rogue communist state. (Associated Press)

Inside the Ring

The Obama administration is braced for a tough Chinese reaction to the latest U.S. arms sale to Taiwan and is worried it will come during the visit to Beijing by White House National Security Adviser Thomas E. Donilon. Published October 19, 2011

Export changes raise proliferation worries

The Obama administration recently informed Congress that it is planning to loosen controls on foreign sales of UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and other weapons, possibly C-130 transports and even F-16 fighters, according to congressional aides. Published October 12, 2011

A U.S. Predator unmanned drone armed with a missile sits on the tarmac of Kandahar military airport in Afghanistan in June 2010. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has praised the Predator for its precision-targeting ability, which minimizes collateral damage. (Associated Press)

Inside the Ring

The Pentagon is engaged in a behind-the-scenes political fight over efforts to soften, or entirely block, a new military-approved program to bolster U.S. forces in Asia. Published October 12, 2011

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