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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

Gen. Kevin P. Chilton (Courtesy of

Show of strength urged for cyberwar

Military cyberwarriors are building up efforts to pinpoint the sources of foreign computer break-ins on U.S. networks and will need to demonstrate a major computer attack capability in the future to deter increasingly sophisticated threats, according to the outgoing commander of the U.S. Strategic Command. Published January 27, 2011

Chinese firm tied to steel used in Iran nukes

The State Department in 2009 sought the Chinese government's help in blocking a sale to Iran of 25 tons of specialty steel for Tehran's defense industry to be used in building nuclear-related centrifuges, according to a classified department cable. Published January 23, 2011

Adm. John C. Harvey (in Hawaiian shirt), who fired Navy Capt. Owen Honors for raunchy videos on his ship, enjoys a crossing-the-equator ceremony as a junior officer of the USS Bainbridge.

Inside the Ring

A new showdown is looming between China and the United States over arms sales to Taiwan. The Obama administration privately has decided to sell a new arms package to the island but is keeping details secret until after next week's visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao. Published January 12, 2011

China spurns strategic security talks with U.S.

China's defense minister on Monday rebuffed an offer from Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to hold strategic nuclear talks, saying military dialogue will be limited to counterpiracy, counterterrorism and peacekeeping cooperation. Published January 10, 2011

China's stealth jet coming on, Gates confirms

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates confirmed Sunday that U.S. intelligence agencies underestimated China's progress in developing a new stealth jet fighter. Published January 9, 2011

Inside the Ring

The Pentagon is scrambling to explain what appears to be an intelligence failure after Internet photos made public recently showed a faster-than-estimated advance of China's new fifth-generation warplane. Published January 5, 2011

LIFE SENTENCE: Jonathan Jay Pollard pleaded guilty to spying in June 1986. (Associated Press)

Netanyahu seeks pardon for imprisoned spy Pollard

The White House is reviewing a new pardon request from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the case of former Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Jay Pollard, who is serving a life sentence for spying for Israel. Published January 4, 2011

China has carrier-killer missile, U.S. admiral says

China's military is deploying a new anti-ship ballistic missile that can sink U.S. aircraft carriers, a weapon that specialists say gives Beijing new power-projection capabilities that will affect U.S. support for its Pacific allies. Published December 27, 2010

Inside the Ring

A newly released State Department cable from November 2009 reveals the Israeli military's growing worries about Iran's nuclear weapons program and Tehran's support for regional terrorists in seeking "Hamastan" and "Hezbollahstan" enclaves. Published December 22, 2010

Chiefs opposed Russian ban on conventional ICBMs

The military's joint chiefs closely watched U.S.-Russian arms talks and rejected Moscow's call for banning new conventionally-armed long-range missiles in the START arms accord, but accepted some curbs, according to a letter from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Published December 20, 2010

Obama reaffirms long-range missile defenses in Europe

President Obama on Saturday reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to building a long-range missile defense system in Europe that likely will be opposed by Russia and might prompt Moscow's withdrawal from the arms treaty known as the New START. Published December 18, 2010

Assistant Defense Secretary Wallace "Chip" Gregson says A2/AD is the term for China's special missiles and high-tech weapons.

Inside the Ring

Wallace "Chip" Gregson, assistant defense secretary for Asian and Pacific security affairs, disclosed this week that the Pentagon has coined a new acronym for the threat posed by China's special missiles and other advanced weapons. Published December 15, 2010

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is said to be the source of the hundreds of thousands of classified documents made public by WikiLeaks. (Associated Press)

Inside the Ring

U.S. intelligence agencies are working to track down an alarming report from inside North Korea revealing that the communist regime is secretly developing underwater nuclear torpedoes and mines. Published December 8, 2010

**FILE** The Guantanamo detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (Associated Press)

Report: Gitmo transfers return to terrorism

Nearly one in four terrorists released from the detention facility at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, resumed terrorist activities against the United States and the number is expected to rise, according to a report to Congress by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Published December 7, 2010

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev speaks in Moscow's Kremlin on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, during his annual address to both houses of parliament. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

Secret talks with Russia focused on missile defense

The Obama administration, despite public denials, held secret talks with Russia aimed at reaching a ballistic missile defense agreement that Moscow ultimately rejected in May, according to an internal State Department report. Published November 30, 2010

Inside the Ring

Recent disclosures that North Korea is building a light-water reactor and centrifuge facility to produce uranium fuel for bombs has confirmed what critics say are significant failures of U.S. intelligence and diplomacy since 2002 to identify and halt Pyongyang's nuclear program. Published November 24, 2010

Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman Gen. James Cartwright outlines the Defense Department's fiscal year 2010 budget request during a news conference at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, on April 6, 2009. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)

Inside the Ring

Marine Corps Gen. James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is offering qualified support for the New START arms treaty in an effort to counter critics who say the treaty will restrict one of the Pentagon's most promising new strategic weapons: Long-range missiles topped with conventional warheads that can hit targets anywhere on Earth in 60 minutes or less. Published November 17, 2010

Kyl drops bomb on arms treaty prospects

President Obama's bid to win ratification of a new strategic arms pact with Russia suffered a major blow on Tuesday when a key Republican senator came out against holding a vote before the Senate adjourns at the end of the year. Published November 16, 2010

ASSOCIATED PRESS Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, left, shakes hands with President Barack Obama after the leaders declaration at the APEC summit in Yokohama, Japan, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010.

Chinese missiles can ravage U.S. bases

China's military can destroy five out of six U.S. bases in Asia with waves of missile strikes as the result of its large-scale military buildup that threatens U.S. access and freedom of navigation in East Asia, according to a forthcoming congressional report. Published November 14, 2010