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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

Hillary Clinton (Associated Press/File)

Clinton, aides tried to use wireless devices in secure areas

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her aides tried to use personal hand-held electronic devices inside areas used to store classified information, according to the just-released State Department inspector general report. Published June 1, 2016

Iraqi federal police covered in dust arrive to join the forces surrounding Fallujah. (Associated Press)

U.S.-backed Iraqis prepare for battle for Fallujah

Iraqi military forces, backed by U.S. air power and Sunni militias, are massing forces in preparation for a major assault on the Islamic State-held city of Fallujah, says Army Col. Steven Warren, the U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad. Published May 25, 2016

The National Security Agency says its Signals Intelligence Directorate used electronic espionage in 2003 to discover that North Korea was developing uranium enrichment capabilities in violation of the 1994 Agreed Framework. (Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times)

NSA on North Korean nukes

The National Security Agency took credit in 2003 for uncovering North Korea's violation of the 1994 Agreed Framework nuclear deal negotiated by the Clinton administration. Published May 18, 2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during a live video link with regions suffering from forest fires from the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. Russia’s president has flipped the switch to open the last of four electricity lines to Crimea aimed at allowing the Russia-annexed peninsula to end its reliance on Ukrainian electricity.  (Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Counterdeception unit to close

Countering foreign strategic deception operations has been one of the official missions of all U.S. intelligence agencies since the Reagan administration. Published May 11, 2016

The aircraft carrier USS John Stennis was refused a port call in Hong Kong, in an apparent sign of mounting tension with China in the South China Sea. As a result, the Pentagon may be moving its visits to Taiwan. (Associated Press/File)

Rep. Randy Forbes: Send carriers to Taiwan

A senior House Republican this week called on the Obama administration to shift its policy toward Taiwan in the aftermath of China's refusal to allow the aircraft carrier USS Stennis to make a port call in Hong Kong. Published May 4, 2016

People in South Korea watch a TV news program showing an image published Sunday in North Korea's Rodong Sinmun newspaper of North Korea's ballistic missile that the North claimed to have launched from underwater. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Missile test surge

U.S. intelligence agencies that monitor foreign missile tests have been working overtime in the past several weeks keeping tabs on test firings by China, Russia, Iran and North Korea. Published April 27, 2016

President Barack Obama, accompanied by then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, in this Sept. 12, 2012, file photo. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ** FILE **

Obama redefines secrets in Clinton defense

President Obama this week redefined the definition of classified information in comments made Sunday in defending Hillary Clinton's placement of secrets on a private email server while she was secretary of state. Published April 13, 2016

Cyber Command chief Adm. Mike Rogers said that unlike other areas of military competition, Russia is equal to the United States in terms its cyberwarfare capabilities, with China a close second. (Associated Press)

Cybercom sounds alarm on infrastructure attacks

The commander of the U.S. Cyber Command warned Congress this week that Russia and China now can launch crippling cyberattacks on the electric grid and other critical infrastructures. Published April 6, 2016

Post-sanctions provocations seen as prelude to another nuke test

North Korea recently conducted a test of its new KN-11 submarine-launched ballistic missile, further enhancing its nuclear delivery options amid heightening tensions on the Korean Peninsula and with the larger international community. The SLBM test was quickly followed by the firing of five short-range ballistics missiles into the Sea of Japan. Published March 30, 2016

The F-35 program will spend $1.13 trillion to buy and service more than 2,400 aircraft until 2070. Each F-35 costs about $100 million. The jet is needed to replace older, less-capable warplanes. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

F-35 software problems

The U.S. military's frontline F-35 fighter jet continues to face problems with key software and related issues that are delaying operational deployment, according to the Pentagon's senior weapons tester. Published March 30, 2016

Anbang Insurance Group in China made a splash in the United States in 2014 with its $2 billion purchase of New York City's Waldorf Astoria hotel. This month, it went after even bigger game by launching a surprise bid with partners for the Starwood hotel chain. (Associated Press)

Hotel merger triggers Chinese spying concerns

The federal government plans to investigate the national security aspects of a recent Chinese takeover attempt of U.S.-based Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc., according to a U.S. intelligence official. Published March 23, 2016

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been a target of U.S. military and intelligence officials since he emerged as the so-called "caliph" of the Islamic State in 2014. (Associated Press)

Targeting Islamic State's al-Baghdadi

President Obama wants to kill or capture Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and has made striking the self-proclaimed caliph one of the highest priorities for his final year in office. Published March 16, 2016

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un issued his latest nuclear-program brag Wednesday, saying on state media that his country had developed a nuclear warhead. (Associated Press)

U.S. braced for North Korean provocations

The U.S. military is preparing for a new round of military provocations by North Korea in response to harsh U.N. sanctions issued Wednesday and the upcoming large-scale U.S.-South Korean war games. Published March 2, 2016

A dilapidated Philippine Navy ship LT 57 (Sierra Madre) with Philippine troops deployed on board is anchored off Second Thomas Shoal, locally known as Ayungin Shoal, Sunday, March 30, 2014 off South China Sea. On Saturday, China Coast Guard attempted to block the Philippine government vessel AM700 carrying fresh troops and supplies, but the latter successfully managed to docked beside the ship to replace troops who were deployed for five months. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) (Associated Press)

U.S. mulls pledge on disputed Philippines outpost

The U.S. military should consider offering new security guarantees to the Philippines similar to those promised to Japan in response to any military attacks by China in maritime disputes in Asia, the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific said this week. Published February 24, 2016

Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

PLA on cyberwarfare buildup

A Chinese military official revealed last month that Beijing plans to rapidly build a new People's Liberation Army cyberwarfare force in response to U.S. military cyberforces. Published February 17, 2016

Adm. Cecil E.D. Haney. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

China adds warheads to older DF-5s

China's military has begun retrofitting single-warhead DF-5 intercontinental ballistic missiles with multiple, independently targetable re-entry vehicles, according to U.S. defense officials. The upgrading of the DF-5 missiles with multiple warheads, known as MIRVs, was detected by U.S. intelligence agencies within the past several months. Published February 10, 2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the deployment of S-400 missiles in Syria as he and other officials in Moscow escalated a war of words with Ankara after Tuesday's shootdown, which Turkey claims was justified on grounds that two Russian fighters ignored repeated warnings to change direction after entering Turkish airspace. (Associated Press)

New Russian beachhead in Syria

U.S. intelligence agencies are closely watching what appears to be a buildup of Russian military forces in northeastern Syria, very close to the Turkish border. Published February 3, 2016

Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Command, shows a photograph of an island that China is building on the Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea. (Associated Press/File)

Report faults Pentagon's Asia rebalance

A Pentagon-sponsored study has found that efforts to refocus U.S. policies and forces on Asian security are faltering because of an increase in Chinese high-technology weapons and instability in the Middle East. Published January 27, 2016