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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 blocks U.S. from cyber warfare

China has developed more secure operating software for its tens of millions of computers and is already installing it on government and military systems, hoping to make Beijing's networks impenetrable to U.S. military and intelligence agencies. Published May 12, 2009

Afghan commander's aide blames deaths on Taliban

A top aide defended Gen. David McKiernan after his dismissal as Afghanistan theater commander Monday, saying many of the civilians who died in U.S. air strikes last week had been forced into target buildings by the Taliban and required to shoot at government forces. Published May 12, 2009

EXCLUSIVE: Obama OK'd 2 SEAL teams for pirates

President Obama dispatched two teams of Navy commandos to carry out last week's rescue of a captain held hostage by Somali pirates but left the operational details and rules of engagement to the military. Published April 22, 2009

Pentagon: Beijing boosts cyberwarfare

China is continuing a large-scale military buildup of high-tech forces that includes "disruptive" anti-satellite missiles, new strategic forces, and computer attack weapons, the Pentagon's annual report to Congress on the Chinese military says. Published March 26, 2009

Chinese spy who defected tells all

A veteran Chinese intelligence officer who defected to the United States says that his country's civilian spy service spends most of its time trying to steal secrets overseas but also works to bolster Beijing's Communist Party rule by repressing religious and political dissent internally. Published March 19, 2009

EXCLUSIVE: Commerce pick tied to China cash

Commerce Secretary nominee Gary Locke has performed legal work for firms doing business with Beijing and was forced to refund several political donations received from key figures in a Chinese influence-buying probe. Published March 18, 2009

U.S. protests China's ship harassment

Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair told a Senate hearing Tuesday that China's military is increasing harassment of U.S. Navy survey ships, activities viewed by U.S. intelligence as the most aggressive since 2001, when a Chinese jet flew into a U.S. EP-3 surveillance plane and set off an international crisis. Published March 11, 2009

Blair: China gets 'more aggressive' against U.S. ships

UPDATED: Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair told a Senate hearing Tuesday that China's military is increasing harassment of Navy survey ships, activities viewed by U.S. intelligence as the most aggressive since 2001, when a Chinese jet flew into a U.S. EP-3 surveillance plane and set off an international crisis. Published March 11, 2009

EXCLUSIVE: Spy agency focus of shakeup

Two senior U.S. counterintelligence officials have left positions inside the agency that coordinates America's efforts to root out foreign spies after an inspector general review identified management problems, government officials said. Published February 19, 2009

EXCLUSIVE: Air Force fails new nuclear reviews

Air Force nuclear units have failed two inspections in the past three months, providing fresh evidence that the military service that jarred the world in 2007 by mistakenly transporting live nuclear weapons across the United States continues to suffer lapses in its management of intercontinental ballistic missiles. Published February 4, 2009

Gen. David Baker dies at 62

Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. David E. Baker, a combat fighter pilot and former Vietnam War prisoner of war, died Thursday of congestive heart failure. He was 62. Published January 31, 2009

EXCLUSIVE: Obama wants Bush war team to stay

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is asking many of the Bush administration's 250 Pentagon political appointees to remain on the job until the incoming Obama administration finds replacements -- a move designed to prevent a leadership vacuum with U.S. troops engaged in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Published December 23, 2008

Obama wants Bush war team to stay

EXCLUSIVE: Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has asked most Bush administration political appointees — except those targeted for dismissal — to stay on in the Pentagon until replaced by the Obama administration in the coming months. Published December 22, 2008

EXCLUSIVE: U.S. to tighten export rules on 5 firms in China

EXCLUSIVE: The U.S. government is taking steps to suspend a program that allows five companies in China to obtain sensitive U.S. technology without an export license, according to documents and interviews. Published December 17, 2008

Inside the Ring

The U.S. military is moving ahead with a new strategy to develop precision-guided, conventionally armed missiles that can hit targets anywhere in the world within minutes. Published November 27, 2008

Inside the Ring

The Pentagon's military exchange program with China suffered another setback this week when a Chinese general announced that military visits and port calls by ships will not resume until the announced $6.5 billion U.S. arms package to Taiwan is canceled. Published November 20, 2008

Inside the Ring

Air Force Lt. Gen. Henry A. Obering, outgoing director of the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency, said on Wednesday that U.S. missile defenses are working and he hopes President-elect Barack Obama will continue the multibillion-dollar programs once he is briefed on them. Published November 13, 2008

Inside the Ring

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Wednesday that the United States is vulnerable to attack or other incidents during the presidential transition period and that the military is ready to respond. Published November 6, 2008

Inside the Ring

A report by the Pentagon inspector general states that problems with controls and accounting for U.S. weapons and explosives supplied to the Afghan security forces could lead to the diversion of arms to insurgents. Published October 30, 2008