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Bill Gertz

Bill Gertz

Bill Gertz is a national security correspondent for The Washington Times. He has been with The Times since 1985.

He is the author of eight books, four of them national best-sellers. His latest book, "Deceiving the Sky: Inside Communist China's Drive for Global Supremacy," reveals details about the growing threat posed by the People's Republic of China. He is also the author of the ebook "How China's Communist Party Made the World Sick."

Mr. Gertz also writes 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.

He can be reached at

Articles by Bill Gertz

Military attendees leave after the opening ceremony of the 20th National Congress of China's ruling Communist Party at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Oct. 16, 2022. In a speech that used the word security 26 times, Chinese leader Xi Jinping said Beijing will "work faster" to modernize the party's military wing, the People's Liberation Army, and "enhance the military's strategic capabilities." (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

Balloons serve multiple roles in Chinese warfare

China's People's Liberation Army plans to use high-altitude balloons to counter long-range U.S. drones and for psychological warfare operations in addition to intelligence-gathering, a review of Chinese military and technical writings reveals. Published February 6, 2023

Chinese President Xi Jinping waves at an event to introduce new members of the Politburo Standing Committee at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

China held Taiwan war council in October, general’s memo reveals

The four-star Air Force general who predicted a likely war with China within two years also revealed in his now-famous memo that Chinese President Xi Jinping convened a "war council" of senior military leaders on Taiwan recently. Published February 2, 2023

This handout photo provided by the U.S. Navy shows a common hypersonic glide body (C-HGB) launching from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, in Kauai, Hawaii, March 19, 2020, during a Department of Defense flight experiment. The department is working in collaboration with industry and academia to field hypersonic war-fighting capabilities. (Luke Lamborn/U.S. Navy via AP)  **FILE**

Pentagon successfully tests hypersonic missile

A new ultra-high-speed missile successfully completed a flight test recently, flying at speeds greater than five times the speed of sound and as high as 60,000 feet, the Pentagon announced this week. Published February 1, 2023

In an image from video released by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service on Oct. 26, 2022, a Yars intercontinental ballistic missile is test-fired as part of Russia's nuclear drills from a launch site in Plesetsk, northwestern Russia. The Biden administration is faulting Russia for failing to allow on-the-ground nuclear inspections, accusing Moscow of endangering arms control efforts. The administration delivered its assessment Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023, in a report to Congress. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP) **FILE**

U.S. says Russia violating last major arms treaty

The Biden administration on Tuesday formally accused Russia of violating the New START arms treaty over what it said was Moscow's failure to allow inspections of weapons sites or agree to meetings on treaty disputes. Published January 31, 2023

In this file photo taken on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, Russian RS-24 Yars ballistic missiles roll in Red Square during the Victory Day military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the Nazi defeat in Moscow, Russia. Russia and the United States exchanged documents Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, to extend the New START nuclear treaty, their last remaining arms control pact, the Kremlin said. The Kremlin readout of a phone call between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin said they voiced satisfaction with the move. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Ukraine war scuttles Biden arms control agenda

The State Department is preparing its annual report on compliance with arms treaties and is expected to denounce Moscow for failing to comply with the terms of the New START nuclear arms accord, complicating U.S. hopes for more weapons deals to come. Published January 25, 2023

In this handout photo released by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, Chinese troops march during the Vostok 2022 military exercise at a firing range in Russia's Far East, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022. Russia on Thursday launched weeklong war games involving forces from China and other nations in a show of growing defense cooperation between Moscow and Beijing, as they both face tensions with the United States. (Vadim Savitsky/Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

China’s military threatens Taiwan takeover in music video

The propaganda video shows Chinese bombers flying and an aircraft carrier launching warplanes along with guided-missile destroyers. The footage is interspersed with photos of Taiwan and images from Taiwanese cities. Published January 13, 2023

In a July 18, 2012 photo provided by the U.S. Navy, the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) and the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) are underway during a 2012 exercise. The guided-missile destroyer USS Chung Hoon made the passage from the South China Sea north through the 100-mile strait and into the East China Sea, said Navy Lt. Kristina Wiedemann, spokeswoman for the Seventh Fleet. (FILE, AP Photo/U.S. Navy, MC3 Ryan Mayes)

U.S. Navy warship sails through Taiwan Strait amid rising tensions

China has been sending up to 10 aircraft into Taiwan's air defense zone almost daily. The recent escalation was seen as an expression of Beijing's anger at recent legislation signed by President Biden strengthening U.S.-Taiwan defense ties. Published January 5, 2023

Chinese military vehicles carrying JL-2 submarine-launched missiles roll during a parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of Communist China in Beijing, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. Trucks carrying weapons including a nuclear-armed missile designed to evade U.S. defenses rumbled through Beijing as the Communist Party celebrated its 70th anniversary in power with a parade Tuesday that showcased China's ambition as a rising global force. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

China’s nukes use U.S. technology

Beijing's rapid buildup of nuclear forces has been assisted by American nuclear and missile technology obtained by Chinese spies and through U.S. space and nuclear cooperation in the 1990s, according to a review of Chinese technology records and internal U.S. government documents. Published January 3, 2023

The seal of Central Intelligence Agency is seen in the lobby the headquarters building in Langley, Va., on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

Once-secret files reveal new details of CIA’s divisive defector dispute

Once-secret government documents are revealing new, long-hidden details on one of the CIA's biggest Cold War controversies, involving defecting Soviet intelligence agents and U.S. counterspy programs targeting the Kremlin's strategic deception operations against the West. Published January 1, 2023