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Bill Gertz

Bill Gertz

Bill Gertz is a national security columnist for The Washington Times. 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

In this grab taken from a footage provided by the Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM press service, people gather for the funerals of five Russian nuclear engineers killed by a rocket explosion in Sarov, the closed city, located 370 kilometers (230 miles) east of Moscow, Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. Thousands of people have attended the burial of five Russian nuclear engineers killed by an explosion during tests of a new rocket. The engineers, who died on Thursday, were laid to rest Monday in the city of Sarov that hosts Russias main nuclear weapons research center. (Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM via AP)

Russia covered up explosion of Skyfall nuclear superweapon

Russia covered up the deadly nuclear reactor explosion in August during the salvage at sea of one of Vladimir Putin's new superweapons, a nuclear-powered cruise missile called Skyfall, a senior State Department official disclosed. Published October 20, 2019

Jacob Harlan, the founder of China Horizons, and an assistant have been detained in China in apparent retaliation for the arrest of a Chinese official in New York on visa fraud charges. (China Vision)

China retaliates by arresting Americans

Two Americans are being detained in China in apparent retaliation for the arrest of a Chinese official in New York on visa fraud charges. Published October 16, 2019

"I would like to get along with China if we can, and if we can, that's great. If we can't, that's OK, too," President Trump said about U.S. diplomatic relations with China and Chinese President Xi Jinping. (Associated Press)

Trump on China

President Trump recently outlined his views on China when asked if Beijing was an adversary or partner. Published October 9, 2019

Chinese military vehicles carrying DF-17 ballistic missiles rolled through Beijing on Tuesday in a parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Communist Party power. (Associated Press)

China's new hypersonic missile

China's large-scale military parade this week featured an array of high-technology arms, but the most significant reveal was a hypersonic missile called the DF-17. Published October 2, 2019

Jerry Chun Shing Lee, a former CIA officer who pleaded guilty to conspiring to deliver secrets to China, is one of an unprecedented number of Beijing spies whom U.S. counterintelligence agencies have exposed. (Associated Press/File)

Former CIA counterspy on China intel 'storm'

China is engaged in an unprecedented intelligence-gathering attack aimed at stealing all types of American secrets, according to a former high-ranking CIA counterintelligence official. Published September 25, 2019

The DR-8 drone, covered in a camouflage tarp on a flatbed truck, was seen for the first time in photographs published on Chinese social media. (Associated Press/File)

China reveals new supersonic drone

China's military is rapidly developing unmanned aircraft and recently disclosed one of its newest systems: a supersonic reconnaissance drone designed to defeat air and missile defenses. Published September 18, 2019

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong was set to come to Washington for meetings with senior Trump administration officials earlier this week but was persuaded to stop in Germany first. (Associated Press)

Hong Kong activist headed for D.C.

A leading pro-democracy activist from Hong Kong is heading to the United States, and China's government is furious at the American show of support. Published September 11, 2019

When U.S. and Chinese officials met last month in Beijing, the talks hit an impasse with Beijing officials digging in their heels in refusing to acknowledge past illicit activities. (Associated Press)

Future China trade deal uncertain

The Trump administration is holding fast in its confrontation with China over Beijing's illicit trade practices and other nefarious activities. Published September 4, 2019

Chinese Communist Party guidelines dated June 12 "forbid any positive reports on the Hong Kong people's appeals for democracy and freedom." (Associated Press/File)

China's secret propaganda rules revealed

The ruling Communist Party of China issued internal guidelines recently mandating that state-run propaganda outlets avoid any positive reports on the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Published August 21, 2019

Medical staff and protesters carry an injured man as they face off with police near the Shum Shui Po police station in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Police fired tear gas at the protesters. Meanwhile, five people were arrested over violence at the airport. (Associated Press)

Chinese military preparing crackdown

U.S. intelligence agencies are closely watching Chinese troop movements in Shenzhen near Hong Kong where several hundred thousand People's Liberation Army and People's Armed Police troops are massing along with armored vehicles. Published August 14, 2019

Gen. John Hyten, nominated as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that China's missile forces pose the most significant threat to U.S. forces. (Associated Press/File(

Gen. John Hyten: Arms fall short for war with China

Air Force Gen. John Hyten, nominee for vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, this week outlined U.S. military concerns about weapons shortfalls that increase risks for any future conflict with China. Published July 31, 2019

Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, said Huawei is linked to Chinese intelligence-gathering operations and is required to turn over information it collects. (Associated Press/File)

Rubio on Huawei

Sen. Marco Rubio is confident that Congress will codify in law Trump administration restrictions imposed on China's telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies, a company the Florida Republican says poses a national security threat to the United States. Published July 24, 2019

Former State Department official Susan Thornton was among the more prominent signers of a letter to President Trump calling for a return to the appeasement-oriented policies toward China. (Associated Press/File)

Countering pro-China experts' letter

The Trump administration is pushing back against a group of former officials and China experts, including former State Department official Susan Thornton, for an open letter criticizing the administration's tougher U.S. policy toward China. Published July 10, 2019

Kiron Skinner, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's director of policy and planning, came under fire in April for remarks she made about China. (Associated Press)

State Department: No civilization clash with China

The State Department is pushing back against a Chinese disinformation campaign that has sought to portray the Trump administration's new tougher policy toward Beijing as a racist iteration of the outdated, post-Cold War "clash of civilizations" theory. Published July 3, 2019

A cybersecurity study of Huawei equipment found that 55% of the Chinese company's hardware devices tested contained at least one backdoor access point. (Associated Press/File)

Huawei's secret back doors

An investigation of the telecommunications equipment produced by China's Huawei Technologies Ltd. has uncovered numerous cases of secret access points that could allow Chinese intelligence to conduct cyberoperations through the equipment. Published June 26, 2019

Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper is set to take over as the acting secretary of defense for the Trump administration on Sunday. He will replace acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan. (Associated Press)

Trump administration gets third defense chief

Army Secretary Mark T. Esper takes over on Sunday as the Trump administration's acting secretary of defense — the third defense chief for the administration and its first Republican. Published June 19, 2019

The Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations has pressured the U.S. Army War College into postponing a speech by an expert on the historical roots of Islamic terrorism. (Associated Press)

War College cancels speaker on Islam

A Muslim activist group has pressured the U.S. Army War College into postponing a speech by Ray Ibrahim, an expert on the historical roots of Islamic terrorism, after the group falsely labeled him as a racist and "Islamophobe," he said. Published June 12, 2019

A 2012 discussion in which President Obama told Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he was facing his "last election" and as a result would have "more flexibility" once reelected is explained in "From Cold War to Hot Peace," a book by Michael McFaul, a former U.S. ambassador to Russia. (Associated Press/File)

Obama and Russian collusion

Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul provided new clues recently about a controversial open-mic comment in 2012 by President Obama, widely viewed as secret collusion to limit U.S. missile defenses. Published June 5, 2019