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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.

Articles by Bill Gertz

FILE - The Pentagon is seen in this aerial view in Washington, in this March 27, 2008 file photo. The Pentagon has revised its Law of War guidelines to remove wording that could permit U.S. military commanders to treat war correspondents as unprivileged belligerents if they think the journalists are sympathizing or cooperating with enemy forces. The amended manual, published on July 22, 2016, also drops wording that equated journalism with spying. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Pentagon issues handbook on sex change in the ranks

Political correctness remains a central characteristic of the Obama administration's policies. Take the Pentagon's new anti-discrimination policy on what a newly-published handbook calls "gender dysphoria," or "the distress that some transgender individuals experience due to a mismatch between their gender and their sex assigned at birth." Published October 12, 2016

A man plays "Pokemon Go" at a popular PokeStop in Hanoi, Vietnam on Saturday 13 August 2016. One week after being released in Vietnam, the game has become one of the most talked-about topics in the Southeast Asian country. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

Inside the Ring: Pokemon Go security worries

The hugely popular augmented reality video game Pokemon GO, where users chase virtual creatures in the real world with handheld devices, is creating new security worries around the world, according to a State Department report. Published October 5, 2016

The cease-fire in Syria, negotiated by Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Moscow, collapsed last week after a Russian airstrike hit a U.N. aid convoy headed for the besieged city of Aleppo. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

China cyber espionage continues

U.S. Cyber Command recently reported within secret government channels that China is continuing aggressive cyber espionage against American companies. Published September 28, 2016

Gen. John E. Hyten

China, Russia rapidly building arms for space war

The nominee to lead the U.S. Strategic Command warned Congress this week that China and Russia are rapidly building space warfare capabilities and the United States is lagging behind in efforts to counter the threat. Published September 21, 2016

CORRECTS THE SECOND SENTENCE TO REMOVE REFERENCE TO "NUCLEAR-CAPABLE" - A U.S. B-1B bomber, right, flies over Osan Air Base with a U.S. jet in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. The United States on Tuesday sent two supersonic bombers streaking over ally South Korea in a show of force meant to cow North Korea after its recent nuclear test, and also to settle rattled nerves in the South. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

North Korea seeks aid while building nukes

The North Korean regime of Kim Jong-un is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to develop nuclear weapons and missiles at the same time the government is begging international aid groups to provide flood relief. Published September 14, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives at at Westchester County Airport in Westchester, N.Y., Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, from Tampa after speaking at a rally at Southern Florida University. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Clinton email compromised in hostile cyberattacks

The FBI's once-secret report on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email system reveals that messages sent to aides were compromised by hostile foreign actors. Published September 7, 2016

Army Gen. Joseph Votel, who took over the lead war-fighting command in March, told reporters at the Pentagon the ultraviolent jihadi group's capabilities have been greatly degraded and dismantled in Iraq and Syria, including significant loss of territory it once controlled. Recent military operations have cut off key supply lines and routes used by foreign fighters. (Associated Press)

Islamic State: From nation-state to terror group

Battlefield successes against the Islamic State could force the group to shift away from nation-state status to a less visible terror threat, the commander of the U.S. Central Command said this week. Published August 31, 2016

The Pentagon's Office of Net Assessment (ONA) is coming under fire from critics inside the military and in Congress for failing to do its job, with some officers calling ONA the "Office of No Threat Assessments." (Associated Press)

Office of No Threat Assessment

The Pentagon's storied Office of Net Assessment (ONA) is coming under fire from critics inside the military and in Congress for failing to produce more of its signature product, namely, top-secret net assessments. Published August 24, 2016

Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican, withdrew himself from consideration on Wednesday to be Donald Trump's vice presidential running mate after sharing the stage the night before with Mr. Trump at a rally in the swing state of North Carolina. (Associated Press)

Senate chairman hits Obama on test ban treaty

The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has warned President Obama not to circumvent the Senate's constitutional authority by seeking United Nations approval of a nuclear test ban treaty voted down 17 years ago. Published August 17, 2016

** FILE ** Capt. Philip Gunn participates in a flyover during the interment ceremony of retired Brig. Gen. Robinson Risner on Jan. 23, 2014, at Arlington National Cemetery. (Image: Air Force)

Pentagon bans Pokemon Go over spying fears

A Pentagon source tells Inside the Ring that the Defense Department has banned the playing of the mobile video game Pokemon Go within Defense Department facilities, over concerns the popular application could facilitate foreign spying. Published August 11, 2016

U.S.-backed fighters on Thursday closed all major roads leading to the northern Syrian town of Manbij, a stronghold of the Islamic State group, and surrounded it from three sides, officials said. (Associated Press)

U.S.-backed rebels move on Syrian city of Manbij

American-backed rebels in Syria on Wednesday closed in on the northern city of Manbij, a key stronghold for Islamic State terrorists who have used it to control access to the Turkish border, around 28 miles from the city that is located about 18 miles west of the Euphrates River. Published August 10, 2016

A suicide bomber struck a parking lot near the Prophet's Mosque in Medina in one of three terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia on July 4. The blast set several cars on fire, killed four security officers and injured five others. (Associated Press)

Islamic State attack in Saudi Arabia targeted U.S.

The recent spate of suicide bombings in Saudi Arabia by the Islamic State terrorist group reveals that the al Qaeda offshoot is having difficulties operating inside the kingdom. One of the attacks appeared to target the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah. The report said the attack could signal "the first incident directly involving U.S. diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia by ISIL." Published July 13, 2016

Islamic State expands in Europe, Mideast, North Africa, Asia

Two years since it shifted from terrorist group to governing organization holding territory, the Islamic State is expanding to seven emerging areas of Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia, according to a State Department security report. Published July 6, 2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin (Associated Press/File)

Russia to release Clinton emails?

U.S. intelligence agencies are said to be closely watching Russian online blogs and other postings for any signs that Moscow hackers have covertly obtained the bulk of Hillary Clinton's email messages stolen from her private email server and are preparing to make them public. Published June 29, 2016

Three Republican senators have joined their House colleagues in opposing the nomination of State Department official Rose Gottemoeller to be the next NATO deputy secretary general. (Associated press)

Senators want State Department nominee to NATO blocked

Three Republican senators have joined their House colleagues in opposing the nomination of State Department official Rose Gottemoeller to be NATO deputy secretary general, based on her role in covering up Russian treaty violations. Published June 22, 2016

Omar Mateen had been under an extensive FBI investigation before he killed dozens of people inside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday. (Associated Press)

FBI under fire over Orlando

The FBI is facing new scrutiny after it failed to prevent the weekend terrorist attack in Orlando despite conducting a fairly extensive investigation into the shooter. Published June 15, 2016

A RC-135 Rivet Joint, assigned to the 763rd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron, flies over Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, June 19, 2011. The RC-135 Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft supports theater and national level consumers with near real time on-scene intelligence collection, analysis and dissemination capabilities.

Chinese jet threatened U.S. intel jet

A Chinese fighter jet conducted an unsafe intercept of a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft over the East China Sea this week in the latest showdown between China and the United States over the American military presence in the region, U.S. officials said. Published June 8, 2016