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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

House panel OKs probe of Gitmo lawyers

The House Armed Services Committee approved legislation Wednesday that would require the Pentagon's inspector general to conduct an investigation into whether defense attorneys for detainees at the detention facility at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, acted improperly. Published May 21, 2010

Russia can send missiles to Iran

A draft U.N. resolution that would impose sanctions on Iran, including limits on global arms transfers, will not block the controversial transfer of Russian S-300 missiles to the Iranian military, according to U.S. and Russian officials. Published May 20, 2010

House panel OKs probe of Gitmo attorneys

The House Armed Services Committee approved legislation Wednesday that would require the Pentagon's inspector general to conduct an investigation into whether defense attorneys for detainees at the detention facility at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, acted improperly. Published May 20, 2010

Inside the Ring

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger took a shot at the Obama administration's effort to curb Iran's nuclear program on Wednesday, saying he does not believe new sanctions aimed at Tehran will produce results. Published May 20, 2010

Inside the Ring

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger took a shot at the Obama administration's effort to curb Iran's nuclear program on Wednesday, saying he does not believe new sanctions aimed at Tehran will produce results. Published May 19, 2010

GOP wants review of Russia arms treaty

Senate Republicans are calling for a deliberate review of the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) before a formal vote on ratification of the U.S.-Russian agreement. Published May 19, 2010

GOP argues against hasty vote on Russia arms treaty

Senate Republicans are calling for a deliberate review of the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) before a formal vote on ratification of the U.S.-Russian agreement. Published May 18, 2010

General says troops will see spike in fighting

U.S. and allied forces will see increased fighting in Afghanistan as their offensive in the southern part of the country unfolds in coming weeks, Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal said Thursday. Published May 14, 2010

Troops likely to see spike in fighting

U.S. and allied forces will see increased fighting in Afghanistan as their offensive in the southern part of the country unfolds in coming weeks, Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal said Thursday. Published May 14, 2010

Inside the Ring

The recent crash of a Polish military transport that killed most of Warsaw's senior civilian and military leaders was not only a human catastrophe for a key U.S. ally. NATO sources said that, in addition to the loss of nearly 100 pro-U.S. Polish leaders, the crash provided Moscow with a windfall of secrets. Published May 13, 2010

Security coalition set to oppose cuts

A coalition of conservative national security groups is launching an initiative that calls for strengthening U.S. defenses and opposing what they say is an effort by the Obama administration to weaken security. Published May 11, 2010

Organized-crime triads targeted

China's notorious organized crime groups known as triads, which once thrived in collaboration with communist clandestine services, still operate large-scale criminal enterprises but are facing pressure from local authorities. Published April 30, 2010

Iran boosts Qods shock troops in Venezuela

Iran is increasing its paramilitary Qods force operatives in Venezuela while covertly continuing supplies of weapons and explosives to Taliban and other insurgents in Afghanistan and Iraq. Published April 21, 2010

Critics: Obama admin hyping terrorist nuclear risk

The Obama administration is warning that the danger of a terrorist attack with nuclear weapons is increasing, but U.S. officials say the claim is not based on new intelligence and questioned whether the threat is being overstated. Published April 14, 2010

Pentagon to brief 2 lawmakers on CIA risk

The Pentagon will conduct a briefing this week for two senior House Armed Services Committee members on the investigation into whether defense attorneys for al Qaeda members endangered the lives of CIA interrogators. Published April 12, 2010

Obama strategy frustrates nuke foes

The Obama administration's nuclear strategy review made public on Tuesday keeps in place all strategic weapons needed to fight a nuclear war and presents only minor policy changes. Published April 7, 2010

CIA says ACLU-backed plan endangered Gitmo officers

A team of CIA counterintelligence officials recently visited the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and concluded that CIA interrogators face the risk of exposure to al Qaeda through inmates' contacts with defense attorneys, according to U.S. officials. Published March 31, 2010

CIA: Iran capable of producing nukes

Iran is poised to begin producing nuclear weapons after its uranium program expansion in 2009, even though it has had problems with thousands of its centrifuges, according to a newly released CIA report. Published March 30, 2010

Admiral: China's buildup aimed at power past Asia

The commander of U.S. military forces in the Pacific said Thursday that the buildup of Chinese armed forces is continuing "unabated" and Beijing's goal appears to be power projection beyond Asia. Published March 26, 2010