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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 (www.freebeacon.com). 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 Obama outlined his nuclear policy in a landmark speech in 2009 in Prague, proclaiming he would seek a "world without nuclear weapons." The forthcoming Nuclear Posture Review says his administration's calculation of setting the conditions for further cuts in global nuclear arms was a failure. (Agence France-Presse/File)

Nuclear review repudiates Obama policy

A leaked draft of the latest Nuclear Posture Review reveals that President Trump is preparing to boost U.S. nuclear weapons by developing new arms and modernizing older weapons and delivery platforms. Published January 17, 2018

China building military base in Pakistan

China is constructing its second overseas military base in Pakistan as part of a push for greater power projection capabilities along strategic sea routes Published January 3, 2018

"America will lead again," said President Trump in unveiling the new national security strategy lists. "We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but we will champion the values without apology," he said. (Associated Press)

Trump seeks to expand American influence

President Trump's new national security strategy lists expanding American influence around the world as one of four pillars of the new doctrine. Published December 20, 2017

U.S. Navy and Japanese ships are searching the Sea of Japan for clues to the makeup of the Hwasong-15 intercontinental-range missile launched Wednesday by North Korea. (Associated Press/File)

Search is on for North Korean missile debris

U.S. and Japanese warships sailed to the waters near northwestern Japan this week to support American intelligence agencies in a search for the debris of North Korea's latest long-range missile test. Published November 29, 2017

China tested ICBM on eve of Trump visit

Pentagon officials confirmed this week that China carried out the flight test of a new long-range missile just two days before President Trump visited Beijing earlier this month. Published November 22, 2017

Russia's Kalibr cruise missile, used recently in Syria, appears to violate the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty prohibiting ground-based nuclear and conventional missiles with ranges from 310 miles to 3,420 miles. (Associated Press/File)

Russian general reveals INF violation

Any doubts about Russia's militarily significant violation of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty were largely dispelled by Moscow's military chief this month. Published November 15, 2017

Chinese soldiers and children holding U.S. and Chinese flags line up on the tarmac to greet President Donald Trump as he arrives at Beijing Airport, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, in Beijing, China. Trump is on a five country trip through Asia traveling to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

U.S. on alert for China moves

China's government is known for using high-level foreign visits to conduct tests of new military equipment such as missiles and stealth aircraft, and the White House is hoping Beijing does not conduct provocative tests while President Trump is visiting the country this week. Published November 8, 2017

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov finalized the New START treaty in February 2011. Last month, the Uranium One case resurfaced when news reports revealed that the FBI apparently covered up information about illegal Russian attempts to lobby Mrs. Clinton. (Associated Press/File)

Uranium One and New START

Some U.S. national security officials are urging an investigation of the burgeoning Uranium One scandal to focus on whether the New START arms treaty with Russia was compromised by Moscow payoffs and not just by Obama administration policies that sought to curry favor with the Kremlin. Published November 1, 2017

Chinese businessman Guo Wengui, shown here on a Twitter page in Beijing, is wanted on corruption charges and has become a major political thorn in the side of the Communist Party leadership. (Associated Press/File)

Sessions threatened to quit over Chinese dissident

Attorney General Jeff Sessions went to the mat recently against pro-China officials within the Trump administration to prevent the forcible return of a dissident businessman to China. Published October 25, 2017

In this Tuesday, July 11, 2017, photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a ship carrying Chinese military personnel departs a port in Zhanjiang, south China's Guangdong Province. China on Tuesday dispatched members of its People's Liberation Army to the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti to man the rising Asian giant's first overseas military base, a key part of a wide-ranging expansion of the role of China's armed forces. (Wu Dengfeng/Xinhua News Agencyvia AP) (credit)

China eyes Pakistan port

After opening its first foreign military base near the Horn of Africa, China is preparing to build a second military facility in Gwadar, Pakistan. Published October 18, 2017

Congress seeks IG probe of radio

Four members of Congress have asked the State Department inspector general to investigate whether China coerced the Voice of America into canceling a live radio interview with a Chinese dissident. Published October 4, 2017

North Korea's latest missile test involved the firing of a road-mobile intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) dubbed the Hwasong-12.

'Steering casualty' behind USS McCain collision

Investigators probing the deadly collision between the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker last month believe the primary cause was a loss of steering control and the crew's failure to compensate. Published September 20, 2017

Adm. Scott Swift, commander of the Pacific Fleet, is being considering for the post of commander of the entire Hawaii-based Pacific Command. Adm Swift, a Navy pilot, would replace Adm. Harry Harris. (U.S. Navy)

Pacific Fleet chief headed to Pacom

The commander of the Pacific Fleet, Adm. Scott Swift, is in line for the plum military post of commander of the Hawaii-based Pacific Command. Published September 13, 2017

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China is developing warheads for its new JL-2 submarine-launched ballistic missile for use in anti-satellite weapons.

Foreign space threats grow

China, Russia, Iran and North Korea are developing weapons and other capabilities to destroy vulnerable U.S. satellites in space, according to a think tank report on foreign space threats. Published September 6, 2017

This Aug. 29, 2017 photo distributed on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center,  smiles as Kim inspects the test launch of a Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile in Pyongyang, North Korea. Leader Kim called for more ballistic missile tests targeting the Pacific Ocean, Pyongyang announced Wednesday, a day after his nation for the first time flew a ballistic missile designed to carry a nuclear payload over Japan. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

U.S. sees signs of North Korean nuke test

Amid the latest North Korean missile test that overflew Japan, U.S. intelligence agencies recently detected increased activity at the North's main underground nuclear testing facility in the northeastern part of the country that signal preparations for a sixth underground test blast. Published August 30, 2017