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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

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John F. Kerry of Massachusetts is advocating for ratification of the controversial Law of the Sea Treaty. (Associated Press)

Inside the Ring

The Obama administration and Sen. John F. Kerry are pushing for Senate ratification of the controversial Law of the Sea Treaty amid heightened tensions over Chinese maritime aggressiveness stemming from the 1982 pact. Published July 27, 2011

Chinese jets chase U.S. surveillance jet over Taiwan Strait

Two Chinese warplanes intercepted an American spy plane over the tense Taiwan Strait last month in China's most aggressive challenge to U.S. surveillance flights since a 2001 collision that touched off an international crisis. Published July 25, 2011

Pro-Russia policy stalls Afghan copters

A Pentagon program to rush 21 helicopters to Afghan military forces in time for this summer's fighting season was derailed by the Obama administration's conciliatory policy toward Russia and by Army procurement missteps amid allegations of corruption, according to current and former defense officials and military contractors. Published July 24, 2011

Inside the Ring

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee is panning the deficit compromise plan offered by so-called "Gang of Six" Senate leaders for its steep cuts in security funding. Published July 20, 2011

Inside the Ring

Newly released classified documents reveal China's continued violations of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) with sales of missiles and parts to Iran, Syria and Pakistan. Published July 13, 2011

Inside the Ring

The Obama administration is about to make another concession to Russia on missile defense by concluding an agreement with Turkey to base a radar there that would monitor Iranian missile launches. Published July 6, 2011

William J. Burns

Inside the Ring

A forthcoming study by the Pentagon's Defense Science Board concludes that an Obama administration plan to shoot down long-range Iranian missiles shortly after launch will not work. Published June 22, 2011

Inside the Ring

President Obama recently rejected a proposed missile-defense agreement with Russia that was developed by the State Department with the hope of coaxing Moscow into cooperation on countering Iranian missile threats. Published June 15, 2011

** FILE ** Sen. Carl Levin, Michigan Democrat

Senators want China to assist probe of counterfeit weapons parts

China's government is refusing to assist Senate investigators probing Chinese firms that are selling counterfeit parts that have been found in high-tech U.S. weapons systems, the leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee said Tuesday. Published June 14, 2011

Inside the Ring

Defense and military officials are working quietly on plans they hope will reverse some of the weapons cuts and defense policy changes made by outgoing Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who said in a recent speech that he had canceled 30 arms programs during 4 1/2 years on the job Published June 8, 2011

Pressure builds for sale of F-16 jets to Taiwan

Congress is stepping up pressure on the Obama administration to sell more F-16 jet fighters to Taiwan as the island's air defenses deteriorate and China's air power grows. Published June 7, 2011

John Tkacik

Inside the Ring

A U.S. intelligence official tells Inside the Ring that China is the main suspect in the sophisticated computer attack on the defense giant Lockheed Martin announced Sunday. Published June 1, 2011

Marine Corps Gen. James E. Cartwright is vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (Associated Press)

Inside the Ring

The threat from Chinese advanced weapons, including new stealth fighters and ballistic missiles, dominated concerns expressed by senior military officers at a Senate hearing this week on the military impact of delays and problems with the new fifth-generation F-35 jet. Published May 25, 2011

Outgoing Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates issues a warning against slashing spending. (Associated Press)

Gates warns of 'hollowing effect'

Outgoing Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who cut major weapons programs during 4½ years at the Pentagon, is warning against "hollowing out" the U.S. military through unwise spending cuts planned by the Obama administration. Published May 24, 2011

Chinese military visit questioned

A senior House Republican leader on Wednesday called for a review and strengthening of restrictions on Chinese military visits amid heightened concerns over visits by a Chinese military delegation to sensitive bases. Published May 18, 2011

Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman Gen. James E. Cartwright reportedly is President Obama's pick as next chairman, but the current chairman is said to oppose him. (Associated Press)

Inside the Ring

Political warfare has broken out within the office of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff with the chairman, Adm. Mike Mullen, and vice chairman, Gen. James E. Cartwright facing off as bitter foes. Published May 18, 2011

Chinese to view sensitive U.S. sites

China's top military leader and a group of officers are set to visit sensitive U.S. military bases this week, in exchanges that defense and congressional officials say run counter to a 2000 law designed to limit such exchanges from bolstering Beijing's arms buildup. Published May 17, 2011

Inside the Ring

U.S. intelligence and security agencies are sifting through thousands of pages of documents obtained from Osama bin Laden's lair in Pakistan in a hunt for links between the al Qaeda leader and Pakistan's ISI military intelligence service. Published May 11, 2011

**FILE** In this photo from Oct. 7, 2001, Osama bin Laden (left) and his top lieutenant Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahri are seen at an undisclosed location in this television image broadcast. (Associated Press/Al Jazeera)

Bin Laden's death likely to shatter al Qaeda

U.S. security and intelligence officials say al Qaeda is severely weakened after losing Osama bin Laden, and some analysts go further, noting cautiously that the terrorist group may be in its death throes from the relentless U.S. and allied campaign to kill and capture its leaders and members. Published May 10, 2011