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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

Retired U.S. Army Gen. Wesley Clark. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston/File)

Inside the Ring: Critical Ukraine aid report

The White House has launched a covert publicity campaign against a bipartisan report that criticized the Obama administration for failing to provide urgently needed non-weapons military aid to Ukraine in its standoff against some 80,000 Russian troops massed along the country's eastern border. Published April 24, 2014

China's high-speed rail network is becoming a major mode of transport for the Chinese army, allowing the rapid movement of troops, according to a report. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Inside the Ring: China military on the rails

China's high-speed rail lines are becoming a major transport force for the People's Liberation Army (PLA), allowing the rapid movement of military forces throughout the country, a recent state-run news report revealed. Published February 5, 2014

President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Inside the Ring: Obama reassesses al Qaeda

President Obama has dialed back his earlier optimistic assessment of global efforts to defeat al Qaeda. Instead of nearing defeat, the terrorist group is planting new roots in North Africa and the Middle East. Published January 30, 2014

A recent wave of violence in Russia, including bombings in Volgograd on Dec. 29 and Dec. 30 (above), have stoked fears of a terror attack at the Winter Olympics in Sochi next month. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin, File)

Inside the Ring: Sochi Olympics face high threat of attack

U.S. national security and law enforcement agencies monitoring security at the Sochi Olympics say the southern Russian city faces a high risk of an Islamist terrorism attack. One message from a security analyst to those considering attending the Winter Games: Don't go. Published January 15, 2014

Inside the Ring: Hunting a Politburo tiger

One of China's most powerful security leaders is facing corruption charges, according to China analysts inside and outside the government. Published January 8, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel offended Beijing by calling its navy "irresponsible" after the near collision of a U.S. guided missile cruiser and a Chinese vessel Dec. 5. A Communist Party news outlet said Mr. Hagel "shows U.S. hegemony addiction." (associated press)

Inside the Ring: Senate to block ICBM cuts

The Pentagon is facing strong opposition from Congress to an environmental study of Minuteman III missile silos that is needed before 50 land-based strategic missiles can be deactivated under President Obama's disarmament agenda. Published December 25, 2013

An RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle conducts tests over the Naval Air Station in Patuxent River, Md. (NORTHROP GRUMMAN VIA ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Inside the Ring: China targets Global Hawk drone

China's military is planning to counter surveillance by the Pentagon's long-range Global Hawk drone, which currently is deployed on Guam and flying reconnaissance missions aimed at China. Published December 11, 2013