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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

USNS Impeccable, an intelligence-gathering ship, was harassed by a Chinese security ship last month in an incident that analysts say indicates Beijing is stepping up aggressive maritime encounters toward the U.S. Navy.
(U.S. Navy)

Inside the Ring: New naval harassment in Asia

A U.S. intelligence-gathering ship was harassed by a Chinese security ship last month in an incident that analysts say indicates Beijing is stepping up aggressive maritime encounters toward the U.S. Navy in the Asia-Pacific. Published July 17, 2013

Edward Snowden

Inside the Ring: More NSA leaks

U.S. intelligence officials are braced for more disclosures of National Security Agency eavesdropping secrets from renegade contractor Edward Snowden, who is seeking asylum in Venezuela. Published July 10, 2013

A Russian booster rocket carrying three satellites crashed in Kazakhstan on Tuesday following an emergency shutdown of the engines after launch. (Vesti 24 via Associated Press)

Inside the Ring: Russian intel and Edward Snowden

Russia's SVR intelligence service, successor to the KGB, is behind a coordinated Moscow campaign to exploit the case of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden by fueling anti-U.S. sentiment in Russia, according to U.S. officials. Published July 3, 2013

Inside the Ring: China breaks sanctions

The U.N. committee in charge of monitoring arms sanctions on North Korea concludes in a report that China provided six off-road vehicles that were converted into long-range missile launchers by Pyongyang's military. Published June 26, 2013

"We do have significant concerns [about contractors], and it is something that we need to look at," says NSA Director Gen. Keith B. Alexander, on the leaks of top-secret information.
(Associated Press)

Inside the Ring: NSA contractor threat

National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith B. Alexander this week revealed new details about the electronic spying agency's use of private contractors like renegade NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Published June 19, 2013

President Barack Obama, right, walks with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands on Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Rancho Mirage, Calif. While saying it is critical that the U.S. and China reach a "firm understanding" on cyber issues, Obama told reporters his meetings with Xi have been "terrific." (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Inside the Ring: Summit shortcomings

Last weekend's summit between President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping fell short on three key outcomes, according to U.S. officials familiar with organizational efforts behind the meeting. Published June 12, 2013

Xi Jinping

Inside the Ring: U.S.-Japan Dawn Blitz

The United States and Japan appear set to send a political signal of military solidarity to China, just as Beijing has in the past signaled Washington about its military buildup. Published June 5, 2013

** FILE ** The supersecret National Security Agency, based at Fort Meade, Md., has declassified some details about its history. (Associated Press)

Inside the Ring: NSA under Reagan

The National Security Agency, the electronic spy and code-breaking service whose name frequently is mentioned with the words "super-secret," recently declassified details of its history. Published May 22, 2013

China's combat drone is described as "a stark example of China's broad investment in advanced military technologies."

Inside the Ring: Al Qaeda websites hacked

Three of al Qaeda's major websites for recruiting terrorists and communicating propaganda were shut down recently in an apparent case of counterterrorism hacking or possibly as a result of internal disputes among terrorists. Published May 15, 2013

One of China's biggest banks on Tuesday said it has halted business with the Foreign Trade Bank of North Korea, accused by the U.S. of financing Pyongyang's missile and nuclear programs, in a recent sign of Beijing pressuring its ally. (Associated Press)

Inside the Ring: China reins in North Korea

Clear signs are emerging for the first time indicating that China is responding to U.S. pressure to help modify belligerent behavior by Beijing's fraternal communist ally in North Korea. Published May 8, 2013

During the Soviet era, Russia was the first to deploy a rail-mobile nuclear missile system known as the SS-24. Moscow announced plans to deploy the first of its new intercontinental ballistic missiles called the Yars-M later this year.

Inside the Ring: Russia builds up, U.S. down

As the Obama administration prepares to launch a new round of strategic nuclear missile cuts, Russia's strategic nuclear forces are undergoing a major modernization, according to U.S. officials. Published May 1, 2013

During a news conference with Chinese Gen. Fang Fenghui, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said "We will build and recognize the historic alliances, and there will be points when that creates friction."`

Inside the Ring: Targeting N. Korea's funds

The Pentagon's top general this week predicted that the U.S. pivot to Asia and increased support for alliances in the region will produce "friction" with China. Published April 24, 2013

Some intelligence officials fear that Kim Jong-Un may take a page from his grandfather, Kim Il-sung, who launched the Korean War in part because he feared losing power. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Inside the Ring: North Korea war strategy

U.S. intelligence officials assessing North Korea's recent bellicose statements are increasingly concerned that Kim Jong-un could use his limited nuclear arsenal as part of offensive military attack that would be calculated to improve the prospects for reunifying the country rather suffering a collapse of his regime. Published April 17, 2013

Associated press

Inside the Ring: Transcom or emocom?

The Air Force more than other military services has jumped enthusiastically on the Obama administration's campaign to socially engineer the military through politically correct programs and policies. Published April 10, 2013

Cui Tiankai

Inside the Ring: New PRC ambassador

China's new ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai, arrived in Washington this week and takes up the key diplomatic post with a notable past of diplomatic activities, as detailed in leaked classified State Department cables from 2006 and 2010. Published April 3, 2013

Former NSA Deputy Director William B. Black, Jr. (Government photo)

Inside the Ring: NSA on cyberwar

Cyberwarfare is the hot topic in military and intelligence circles at the Pentagon amid unrelenting cyberattacks from China, Russia, Iran and elsewhere. Published March 27, 2013

A Chinese paramilitary policeman stands guard on Tiananmen Square while sessions of the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference are held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Monday, March 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

China confirms nuclear deal with Pakistan

China confirmed this week it will sell a new 1,000-megawatt nuclear reactor to Pakistan that the United States says would violate Beijing's obligations under a nuclear supplier control group. Published March 26, 2013

This undated photo provided by the U.S. Air Force shows a Canadian Air Force F-18 Hornet jet (left) escorting a Russian TU-95 Bear heavy bomber out of Canadian airspace. Japanese interceptor jets were scrambled to intercept two TU-95s recently. (Associated Press)

Inside the Ring: New Bear bomber flights

Two Russian strategic nuclear bombers carried out a fourth high-profile training flight last week, flying near South Korea, where large-scale war games are under way, and near Japan and the U.S. military bases on Okinawa. Published March 20, 2013

U.S. Pacific Command leader Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III.

Inside the Ring: New cyberwar developments

The U.S. government this week lifted the lid slightly on its mostly secret policies on cybersecurity and cyberthreats, as the Obama administration grapples with the growing problem of cyberwarfare attacks and computer-based spying. Published March 13, 2013