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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

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

** FILE ** Air Force Gen. C. Robert Kehler (right), commander of the U.S. Strategic Command (Associated Press)

Inside the Ring

The Obama administration, in its drive to support disarmament advocates, is set to begin a new round of strategic arms talks with the Russians this month. Published November 30, 2011

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says his country will aim new missiles at U.S. facilities and allies in Europe in an apparent response to the Obama administration's European phased missile defense plan. (Associated Press)

Inside the Ring

The Obama administration's arms-control-centered security policies appear to be on the ropes. Published November 23, 2011


General: Prioritize nuclear upgrades in budget

U.S. strategic nuclear forces are old, in dire need of modernization and face "draconian" cuts because of the federal budget crisis, the commander of U.S. nuclear forces said Tuesday. Published November 22, 2011

Inside the Ring

The Obama administration is set to offer more concessions to the Russians on missile defense, the latest one a proposal to share secret technical data on the U.S. military's most effective anti-missile interceptor. Published November 16, 2011

Inside the Ring

The Pentagon announced Wednesday the creation of a new office to deal with China's growing military power in Asia, and defense officials said the office represents a harsh policy rebuke to pro-China analysts who for the past 20 years sought to minimize Beijing's forces. Published November 9, 2011

** FILE ** A security officer walks on the roof of the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Pentagon battle concept has Cold War posture on China

The Pentagon lifted the veil of secrecy Wednesday on a new battle concept aimed at countering Chinese military efforts to deny access to areas near its territory and in cyberspace. Published November 9, 2011

Watchdog reveals Iran's nuclear arms work

Iran has carried out extensive development of nuclear weapons, including work on a warhead for its medium-range Shahab-3 missile and preparations for an underground test, the International Atomic Energy Agency revealed in an internal report Tuesday. Published November 8, 2011

Inside the Ring

China is continuing to provide advanced missiles and other conventional arms to Iran and may be doing so in violation of U.N. sanctions against the Tehran regime, according to a draft report by the congressional U.S.-China Commission. Published November 2, 2011

FBI says Russian spies got close to Cabinet

The FBI rounded up a network of deep-cover Russian spies last year after the group came close to placing an agent near a Cabinet official in the Obama administration, a senior FBI counterspy said Monday as the bureau released once-secret documents on the case. Published October 31, 2011

Inside the Ring

Rep. J. Randy Forbes has written to Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta requesting a formal Pentagon review of whether a joint venture between General Electric and a Chinese aviation firm will compromise U.S. military technology. Published October 26, 2011

A new look at Berlin as the wall was built

The CIA and National Archives are releasing declassified documents Thursday that provide new insights into the Berlin crisis of 1961, when the Soviet Union and United States faced off over access to West Berlin and the building of the Cold War's most infamous symbol. Published October 26, 2011