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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

Ilario Pantano, who is seeking to become the Republican nominee to challenge Democratic Rep. Mike McIntyre in North Carolina's 7th congressional district, suggests Saul Alinsky's book "Rules for Radicals" as reading material during a meeting of supporters of the Fair Tax in Wilmington, NC, Wednesday, February 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Logan Wallace)

Inside the Ring: New North Korea ICBM

Details of a new North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) surfaced this week with a report from Asia that U.S. spy agencies spotted what appears to be a larger long-range missile than the one now being readied for launch in the next two weeks. Published April 4, 2012

Air Force Gen. C. Robert Kehler, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that budget cuts pose "acceptable" risk levels for U.S. strategic nuclear deterrence against current nuclear-armed enemies. (Associated Press)

Inside the Ring: Nuclear risk

The commander of U.S. strategic nuclear forces told a Senate hearing this week that defense budget cuts are undermining the urgently needed modernization of strategic nuclear forces through delays in planned upgrades. Published March 28, 2012

Gen. Norton Schwartz

Inside the Ring: Beijing coup rumors

U.S. intelligence agencies monitoring China's Internet say that from March 14 to Wednesday bloggers circulated alarming reports of tanks entering Beijing and shots being fired in the city as part of what is said to have been a high-level political battle among party leaders - and even a possible military coup. Published March 21, 2012

Inside the Ring: Space tech to China

A senior Pentagon official told Congress last week that the U.S. government is concerned about the leakage of embargoed U.S. space technology to China. Published March 14, 2012

Inside the Ring: North Korea's ICBM

Recent congressional testimony confirmed North Korea's development of a new long-range, road-mobile missile that can reach American shores, increasing the threat of a nuclear attack on the United States. Published March 7, 2012

Inside the Ring: State blocks grant to Russia

The State Department recently denied $2 million in grants to a Russian research institute over concerns the money would be used to boost Moscow's advanced nuclear missile work. Published February 29, 2012


Inside the Ring

Chinese cyberattacks and electronic intrusions into U.S. computer networks in peacetime are part of the preparations for a future high-technology war against the United States, according to the U.S. Pacific Command's new commander. Published February 22, 2012

Vice President Joe Biden meets with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Inside the Ring

The Pentagon's plan to shift the focus of U.S. military forces to Asia after disengagement in Iraq and Afghanistan got mixed support in the defense budget request released this week. Published February 15, 2012

Inside the Ring

The Pentagon's senior weapons-buying official said this week that a program for purchasing offensive and defensive military equipment for cyberwarfare is still being worked on. Published February 8, 2012

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Inside the Ring

U.S. intelligence agencies threw cold water on the President Obama's thus-far-unsuccessful effort to "reset" relations with Russia by making concessions to Moscow. Published February 1, 2012

Inside the Ring

CIA Director David H. Petraeus recently replaced the agency's director of support, a senior manager who also runs the agency's massive worldwide logistics, including the security office. Published January 25, 2012

In this photo released by Saudi Press Agency, Saudi crown prince Nayef bin Abdel-Aziz, right, welcomes Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. China's premier visits Saudi Arabia as part of six-day Mideast trip that also takes him to the United Arab Emirates and qatar. The visit to the region runs from Jan. 14-19. Wen Jiabao is slated to discuss the Arab Spring uprising and talks are likely to also focus on the latest U.S. sanctions on Iran, a major oil exporter to China. (AP Photo/HO) EDITORIAL USE ONLY, NO SALES

Inside the Ring

A senior House Republican is questioning the Obama administration's plan to seek an arms agreement for space based on concerns that the pact could restrict U.S. military and intelligence operations. Published January 18, 2012

Inside the Ring

The Pentagon is investigating the joint avionics venture between General Electric and a Chinese company that was linked in the past to U.S. arms proliferation sanctions. Published January 11, 2012

Inside the Ring

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta on Thursday will put the official Pentagon stamp on a new U.S. strategy toward Asia — to solidify efforts to refocus on countering China's growing arsenal of missiles, submarines, cyberweapons and other forces designed to push U.S. forces out of the region. Published January 4, 2012

Kim Jong-un, the youngest son and designated successor to the late Kim Jong-il as North Korean dictator, salutes during the funeral for his father in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011. (AP Photo)

Inside the Ring

U.S. intelligence agencies are busy assessing the new power structure emerging in North Korea as Kim Jong-un, son of the late Kim Jong-il, takes over. Published December 28, 2011

Inside the Ring

Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel B. Poneman is working on a major Obama administration initiative that would renew scientist exchanges between U.S. nuclear weapons laboratories and Chinese nuclear facilities. Published December 21, 2011

The Chinese aircraft carrier Varyag undergoes its second round of sea trials in the Yellow Sea. Michele Flournoy, the Pentagon's undersecretary of defense for policy, says it has been "anticipated for a while." (Digital Globe)

Inside the Ring

At the recent U.S.-Chinese defense talks in Beijing, the subject of the Pentagon's new Air Sea Battle Concept, a program to counter China's growing anti-access and area denial weapons, was not discussed. Published December 14, 2011

Inside the Ring

The nomination of U.S. Ambassador-designate to Russia Michael McFaul is in trouble, based on recent responses to senators' questions about a possible plan to give sensitive data to Russia on the SM-3 anti-missile interceptor. Published December 7, 2011

"North Korea's progress in developing the TD-2 shows its determination to achieve long-range ballistic missile. ... The TD-2 could reach at least portions  of the United States," said James Clapper, director of national intelligence. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

North Korea making missile able to hit U.S.

New intelligence indicates that North Korea is moving ahead with building its first road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile, an easily hidden weapon capable of hitting the United States, according to Obama administration officials. Published December 5, 2011