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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 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

President Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He signed a trade agreement Wednesday at the White House without any U.S. concessions on the Justice Department's case against Huawei Technologies. (Associated Press)

Huawei not part of trade deal

China's efforts to persuade the U.S. government to drop its criminal prosecution of a senior executive of Huawei Technologies, the global telecommunications giant, as part of a partial trade deal were not successful. Published January 15, 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump, right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping are greeted by children waving flowers and flags during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Bank case heightens doubts on China's commitments as trade deal looms

A federal court case involving three Chinese banks is raising questions about Beijing's commitment to abide by agreements with the United States -- a day before President Trump is scheduled to sign the first major trade deal of his administration with China. Published January 13, 2020

In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, photo, supporters of Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan's President and the 2020 presidential election candidate for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), cheer during an election campaign rally in northern Taiwan's Hsinchu province. A year ago, the Taiwan leader was on the ropes. Now President Tsai appears poised to win a second four-year term in elections this Saturday. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China's crackdown in Hong Kong upends Taiwan election

The growing threat posed by mainland China and the challenge to Beijing's reunification policy seen in mass protests in Hong Kong are providing the backdrop as voters in Taiwan go to the polls Saturday to pick the island's next president. Published January 9, 2020

President Trump, a master of using social media for information warfare, set off a firestorm with his tweet threatening to attack cultural sites in Iran. (Associated Press/File)

Trump and information warfare

Few question that President Trump has emerged as a master of the use of social media to communicate to mass audiences and circumvent traditional media outlets, most of which spend a disproportionate amount of ink and electrons criticizing him. Every tweet by the president triggers news reports and reaction, sometimes at the highest levels of foreign governments. Published January 8, 2020

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. is working on several fronts to pressure Iran. (Associated Press)

Mike Pompeo: U.S. pressure working to change Iran's hostile behavior

The Trump administration's policy of pressuring Iran ultimately will alter Tehran's behavior on such issues as curbing its nuclear and missile development programs and ending support for terrorism in the region, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo argues. Published January 3, 2020

U.S. infrastructure is vulnerable to devastating electromagnetic pulse attacks. (Associated Press/File)

Countering EMP threat now in law

The latest defense authorization bill signed into law by President Trump on Dec. 20 contains new measures requiring the federal government to protect the nation from the danger of nuclear-blast-produced electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attacks and similar solar-produced electronic disruptions. Published January 1, 2020

Russian warship Viktor Leonov enters the bay in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. The Russian warship, one of the fleet's Vishnya-class ships generally used for intelligence gathering, was docked in the harbor Tuesday, coinciding with a visit to Cuba by Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan) ** FILE **

Russian spy ship coincided with SpaceX launch, experts say

The Russian intelligence-gathering vessel that was operating erratically off the East Coast this week timed its latest foray into waters close to the United States with the Monday launch in Florida of a new commercial communications satellite by the private company SpaceX. Published December 18, 2019

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi stepped up Beijing's war of words Friday. At a meeting, he labeled the U.S. the "troublemaker of the world" and falsely accused the U.S. of having a hand in the Hong Kong protests. (Associated Press)

CIA opposed Chinese expulsions

The CIA tried to block the expulsion of two Chinese intelligence officers in September who were caught illegally trying to enter a sensitive U.S. military base in Virginia. Published December 18, 2019

In this file photo, then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 11, 2017, while testifying before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on major threats facing the U.S. President Donald Trump is considering nearly a dozen candidates to succeed ousted FBI Director James Comey, choosing from a group that includes several lawmakers, attorneys and law enforcement officials. A transcripts of an interview with Mr. McCabe released on Jan. 2, 2010, shows that he acknowledged misleading investigators about the source of a leak of information to the media. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) **FILE**

IG faults FBI headquarters-led probe

A significant fault of the FBI's ill-fated Russia collusion investigation was the fact that the investigation into the Trump presidential campaign was conducted and led by the FBI headquarters. Published December 11, 2019

China steals U.S.-funded quantum research

China has exploited federally funded research at American and other Western universities that is now used in cutting-edge quantum technology being integrated into Beijing's military forces, according to a private intelligence report made public this week. Published December 4, 2019