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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

Dissident warns Bush of Chinese spying

A Chinese democracy activist not only urged President Bush last week to defend dissidents during his Olympic trip to Beijing but also took the less usual step of raising the issue of Chinese spying in the U.S. Published August 4, 2008

Inside the Ring

The commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command said recently that the mission of special operations commandos has not been downgraded and that there is no "meaningful gap" with policy-makers on the use of commandos. Published July 24, 2008

Inside the Ring

The U.S. intelligence community in May completed a major National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran that concluded the Iranian military is building up its missile and conventional forces but that its forces remain relatively outdated, according to U.S. officials. Published July 17, 2008

Inside the Ring

Defense officials are criticizing what they say is the failure to capture or kill top al Qaeda leaders because of timidity on the part of policy officials in the Pentagon, diplomats at the State Department and risk-averse bureaucrats within the intelligence community. Published July 10, 2008

Inside the Ring

Defense officials say the Pentagon is quietly planning large-scale troop withdrawals from Iraq and could use Turkey, which thwarted some U.S. invasion plans in 2003, for bringing some forces out. Published July 3, 2008

Inside the Ring

China's significant military buildup includes strategic weapons designed to counter U.S. military advantages, including electric pulse weapons, a senior Pentagon official told Congress Wednesday. Published June 26, 2008

Hayden applauded for military service

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Friday that ties between military and intelligence operations today are the closest in the history of modern warfare, and he praised CIA Director Michael V. Hayden during his military retirement ceremony for boosting joint efforts. Published June 21, 2008

U.S. nuke spotters sent to China before games

The Bush administration has dispatched a secret team of nuclear specialists to China in response to Chinese concerns that terrorists may attempt to set off a radiological bomb during the Beijing Summer Olympics, The Washington Times has learned. Published June 20, 2008

Inside the Ring

China's government recently asked the Bush administration to waive sanctions that bar the export of military spare parts for Beijing's U.S.-made Black Hawk helicopters, aircraft purchased during the 1980s and now being used by China's military for earthquake relief efforts in Sichuan province. Published June 19, 2008

Covert board called crucial to presidents

Presidents need to rely on a little-known group of intelligence advisers that since the 1950s has helped guide policies and oversee the U.S. intelligence bureaucracy, according to a report by former intelligence officials. Published June 16, 2008

Inside the Ring

Beginning today, Inside the Ring moves from Friday to Thursday and will appear each week in the National Security section of Plugged In. Published June 5, 2008

EXCLUSIVE: China gets U.S. Olympics help

EXCLUSIVE: The Bush administration has approved the export of sensitive equipment and expertise to China's military and police forces to bolster security at the Beijing Olympics, according to a number of private and public interviews and documents. Published June 5, 2008

Passport cards called security vulnerability

The State Department will soon begin production of an electronic passport card that security specialists and members of Congress fear will be vulnerable to alteration or counterfeiting. Published May 16, 2008

Outsourced passports netting govt. profits, risking national security

This is the first in a three-part series on the outsourcing of passports. The United States has outsourced the manufacturing of its electronic passports to overseas companies — including one in Thailand that was victimized by Chinese espionage — raising concerns that cost savings are being put ahead of national security, an investigation by The Washington Times has found. Published March 26, 2008

Outsourced passport work scrutinized

The inspector general of the Government Printing Office today said his office is conducting an "end-to-end" review of the agency's production of electronic passports. Published March 26, 2008

Admiral says sub risked a shootout

The Navy's top commander in the Pacific said yesterday that a Chinese submarine risked setting off a military confrontation by closely shadowing a U.S. aircraft carrier sailing near Japan. Published November 15, 2006

China sub stalked U.S. fleet

A Chinese submarine stalked a U.S. aircraft carrier battle group in the Pacific last month and surfaced within firing range of its torpedoes and missiles before being detected, The Washington Times has learned. Published November 13, 2006