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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

Beijing accuses U.S. of cyberwarfare

China's government and state-run media stepped up criticism of the United States on Monday over the issue of computer network cyber-attacks. Published January 26, 2010

White House OKs Taiwan arms package

The Obama administration has agreed to sell a new package of arms to Taiwan in a move that is expected to be met with an angry response from China, according to U.S. officials. Published January 26, 2010

Gates wants nuclear talks with China

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates discussed China's military buildup with Indian leaders in New Delhi on Wednesday and told reporters he wants talks with China on nuclear weapons, something Beijing has resisted. Published January 21, 2010

China removed as top priority for spies

The White House National Security Council recently directed U.S. spy agencies to lower the priority placed on intelligence collection for China, amid opposition to the policy change from senior intelligence leaders who feared it would hamper efforts to obtain secrets about Beijing's military and its cyber-attacks. Published January 20, 2010

Muslim question persists in Army shooting

Fear of offending Muslims or being insensitive to religion was likely a key factor to why Army supervisors missed signs that the suspect in the deadly Fort Hood shooting rampage was a Muslim extremist, according to national security experts. Published January 18, 2010

China's 'aggressive' buildup called worry

China's military buildup is worrying to both the U.S. military and American allies in Asia, the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific told Congress Wednesday. Published January 14, 2010

Rights, liberties down for 4th straight year

Political rights and civil liberties around the world declined for a fourth straight year last year, according to an annual survey of global freedom. Published January 13, 2010

Afghanistan bombing shows perils of CIA counterspying

The recent bombing of a CIA base in Afghanistan revealed a sophisticated al Qaeda operation to plant a double agent inside Jordanian intelligence and highlighted the perennial problem of lax CIA counterspying, according to current and former U.S. intelligence officials. Published January 7, 2010

Nuclear weapons review put off

The Pentagon has notified Congress that it is delaying a required report on the future of the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal because of the "complexity" of issues being addressed. Published January 7, 2010

Chinese companies evade U.S. sanctions

Chinese state-owned companies sanctioned by the U.S. government for illicit arms sales to Iran evaded those restrictions by selling goods to U.S.-based companies, according to a report by a Washington research group. Published January 6, 2010

Veteran China hand Lilley dies

James R. Lilley, whose six-decade government career included serving as U.S. ambassador to China during the tumult of the 1989 Beijing democracy protests and military crackdown, died Nov. 12. He was 81. Published November 15, 2009

U.S. ignored warnings before deadly Afghan attack

Three intelligence reports that warned that Taliban insurgents were planning an attack just days before this month's raid on two remote military outposts in Afghanistan were dismissed as insignificant. Published October 16, 2009

Taliban suicide bombers stalk Afghan voters

U.S. military officials are braced for election violence in Afghanistan after Taliban insurgents threatened to unleash 20 suicide bombers in attacks during Thursday's election. Published August 19, 2009

EXCLUSIVE: Pro-Israel lobby probe linked to anti-Semitism

A long-running FBI espionage probe of the pro-Israel lobby in Washington appears to have been motivated in part by anti-Semitism, says a former Pentagon official who revealed this week he had cooperated for 10 weeks with federal agents conducting the probe. Published July 30, 2009

EXCLUSIVE: Defense analyst in spy case was FBI double agent

Larry Franklin, the former Pentagon analyst convicted of revealing classified information, says he worked undercover as an FBI double agent to gather information on the pro-Israel lobby in the United States. Published July 29, 2009

Space-defense systems secure in glass house

The transfer of strategic North American aerospace defense systems from inside the hardened complex of Colorado's Cheyenne Mountain to the basement of a glass office building has not reduced the security of the system, the commander of the U.S. Northern Command says. Published July 3, 2009

U.S. 'ready' for N. Korean missile

U.S. missile defenses are prepared to try to knock down the last stage of a missile launch by North Korea if sensors detect the weapon threatens U.S. territory, the commander of the U.S. Northern Command says. Published July 2, 2009