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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

A recent wave of violence in Russia, including bombings in Volgograd on Dec. 29 and Dec. 30 (above), have stoked fears of a terror attack at the Winter Olympics in Sochi next month. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin, File)

Inside the Ring: Sochi Olympics face high threat of attack

U.S. national security and law enforcement agencies monitoring security at the Sochi Olympics say the southern Russian city faces a high risk of an Islamist terrorism attack. One message from a security analyst to those considering attending the Winter Games: Don't go. Published January 15, 2014

Inside the Ring: Hunting a Politburo tiger

One of China's most powerful security leaders is facing corruption charges, according to China analysts inside and outside the government. Published January 8, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel offended Beijing by calling its navy "irresponsible" after the near collision of a U.S. guided missile cruiser and a Chinese vessel Dec. 5. A Communist Party news outlet said Mr. Hagel "shows U.S. hegemony addiction." (associated press)

Inside the Ring: Senate to block ICBM cuts

The Pentagon is facing strong opposition from Congress to an environmental study of Minuteman III missile silos that is needed before 50 land-based strategic missiles can be deactivated under President Obama's disarmament agenda. Published December 25, 2013

An RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle conducts tests over the Naval Air Station in Patuxent River, Md. (NORTHROP GRUMMAN VIA ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Inside the Ring: China targets Global Hawk drone

China's military is planning to counter surveillance by the Pentagon's long-range Global Hawk drone, which currently is deployed on Guam and flying reconnaissance missions aimed at China. Published December 11, 2013

** FILE ** Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey is chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Inside the Ring: U.S. funds China's nuclear security

The Obama administration is funding a joint nuclear security center in Beijing designed to stem nuclear weapons proliferation — despite recent state-run media reports showing Beijing's plans to hit U.S. cities with nuclear missiles that would kill millions of Americans during a conflict. Published November 20, 2013

China is reportedly testing a precision guided manuevering torpedo. A report concludes that "China's growing diplomatic, economic, and military clout is changing the regional security architecture."

Inside the Ring: Danger of China conflict grows

As China steps up sovereignty claims over disputed waters in Asia, U.S. military forces face the growing risk of conflict with the Chinese military, according to a draft congressional report. Published November 13, 2013

Adm. Samuel Locklear, commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, says he takes North Korea's KN-08 missiles seriously, whether they are mock-ups or not. (Associated Press)

Inside the Ring: North Korean missiles deemed a serious threat to U.S.

The commander of U.S. military forces in the Pacific said this week that North Korea's KN-08 missile — a new road-mobile, intercontinental-range weapon — is a serious threat with the potential to hit the United States with a nuclear warhead. Published November 6, 2013


Inside the Ring: U.S. grid threatened

An Energy Department-sponsored study of the U.S. electrical power grid publicly identifies numerous vulnerabilities to cyberattacks by nations or terrorists, including hacking that could cause widespread power outages. Published October 30, 2013

Iran's state-run Fars News agency reports that the Iranian military supplied Russia with a copy of a U.S. ScanEagle drone supposedly captured by Iran in 2012. (PRNewsFoto/Insitu Pacific)

Inside the Ring: Here come the drones

China is preparing its military to conduct warfare with offensive and defensive spying and attack drones, according to a Chinese colonel. Published October 23, 2013

**FILE** Rep. Frank R. Wolf, Virginia Republican (Associated Press)

Inside the Ring: Russia to test new missile

Russia will test launch a controversial missile over the next several weeks that U.S. officials say is raising new concerns about Moscow's growing strategic nuclear arsenal and Russia's potential violations of arms treaties. Published October 16, 2013

Li Keqiang

Inside the Ring: China fears U.S. financial default

U.S. officials say recent statements by Chinese authorities indicate fear in Beijing that a U.S. government default would endanger China's $1.3 trillion worth of investments in the United States. Published October 9, 2013

Talks on Tuesday during the U.N. General Assembly between Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about Syria's chemical weapons were described as "constructive," diplomatic-speak for cautious optimism. (Associated Press)

Inside the Ring: U.S. caving to Russia on Syria use of force language

From the briefing, it appears the Obama administration is backing away from an outline "framework" arms agreement reached in Geneva with the Russians that states any Syrian violations of chemical arms dismantlement would be met with a "Chapter 7" response under the U.N. Charter. That section authorizes the use of military force under the U.N. Security Council. Published September 25, 2013

Inside the Ring: Syria, Iraq and weapons of mass destruction

The U.S.-Russia agreement to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons is reigniting a controversy over the 2003 covert operation by Russian special operations forces to remove Iraqi weapons — including chemical arms — and move them to Syria and Lebanon prior to the Iraq War. Published September 18, 2013

A Chinese H-6 bomber recently flew through the Miyako Strait between Okinawa and the Senkakus. (Japan Defense Ministry)

Inside the Ring: FBI targets Syrian hackers

A hacker group linked to the Syrian government was "highly effective" in conducting cyberattacks against social media over the past several months, according to an FBI advisory. Published September 11, 2013

A video posting shows Syrian SA-11 missiles being deployed at the Al Massah Military Airport in Damascus. Officials say the base is a major target of U.S. strikes because it was used to fire chemical weapons during the Aug. 21 attack. (

Inside the Ring: Russia reset paused

President Obama will not hold a formal meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during this week's G-20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia. Published September 4, 2013