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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

Inside the Ring

Political power watchers in Washington took note of the leading role played by CIA Director Leon E. Panetta in the successful military operation to take down Osama bin Laden. Published May 4, 2011

CIA Director Leon E. Panetta (right) leaves Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, after briefing members of Congress on the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Debate flares anew on harsh interrogation

The successful operation against Osama bin Laden has rekindled debate over the use of harsh interrogation techniques during the Bush administration. Published May 3, 2011

Republicans note harsh interrogation helped bin Laden operation

The debate over the use of harsh interrogation techniques during the Bush administration is being rekindled by the successful operation against Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan, which was based on information about the courier extracted from detained terror suspects. Published May 3, 2011

Pakistan army soldiers and a police officer patrol past the house (background) where al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces on Sunday, ending a nearly 10-manhunt after the Sept. 11 attacks on U.S. soil. (Associated Press)

Intelligence break led to bin Laden's hide-out

The nearly flawless, 40-minute covert military raid that killed Osama bin Laden began with an intelligence breakthrough in August that helped pinpoint the compound where the terrorist leader was suspected of hiding. Published May 2, 2011

** FILE ** Undated photo of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. (AP Photo, File)

Getting bin Laden was top U.S. goal since 9/11

The death of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has been the highest counterterrorism goal since the deadly Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and on Sunday a small team of U.S. special-operations commandos achieved it. Published May 2, 2011

Air Force Brig. Gen. Roger Teague says the launch next month of first GEO-1 Space-Based Infrared System satellite is "the dawn of a new era in persistent overhead surveillance." (Lockheed Martin)

Inside the Ring

The FBI sent out a warning this week about a new wave of cybercrime emanating from China after computer thieves stole $11 million from U.S. businesses. Published April 27, 2011

Inside the Ring

The Pentagon is studying how to expand the use of highly effective combat drone aircraft from the Middle East and Southwest Asia to other commands, including Pacific Command and Africa Command. Published April 20, 2011

China's espionage in Chile raised U.S. worry

A newly released State Department cable reveals Chinese intelligence-gathering efforts in Chile and U.S. concerns that Beijing's growing ties to the Chilean military will compromise U.S. defense secrets shared with the South American nation's armed forces. Published April 18, 2011

U.S. unit commanders in Iraq devised their own counter-insurgency tactics, author James A. Russell says in a new book.

Inside the Ring

The head of the Los Angeles Police Department's intelligence and special operations unit said the federal government's efforts to share intelligence with state and local law enforcement agencies needs to be improved. Published April 13, 2011

China blocks coastal waters, enlarges military

China's "troubling" military buildup coincides with new efforts by Beijing to block the Navy from international waters near its coasts and field new missiles, submarines and cyberweapons, the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific told Congress on Tuesday. Published April 12, 2011

Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Michael P. Downing is commanding officer of the counterterrorism and special operations bureau. (Bill Gertz/The Washington Times)

L.A. police use intel networks against terror

Police are using a combination of aggressive spy operations and community outreach to counter what Deputy Police Chief Michael P. Downing called the growing threat of Mumbai-style terrorist attacks — car bombings and small-arms-equipped suicide teams. Published April 11, 2011

Inside the Ring

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has listed two Chinese government-related telecommunications companies as approved suppliers for companies taking part in the Obama administration's multibillion-dollar program to expand broadband Internet service around the country. Published April 6, 2011

Inside the Ring

The State Department is holding up final approval of Taiwan's request for a multibillion-dollar arms package to upgrade Taipei's fleet of aging F-16 jets. Published March 30, 2011

Inside the Ring

The Obama administration is beginning to throw its support behind Libya's recently formed National Transitional Council (NTC), a combination of rebel groups that is viewed as the most likely successor to the regime of Col. Moammar Gadhafi. Published March 23, 2011

Inside the Ring

The commander of the new U.S. Cyber Command told Congress on Wednesday that threats of cyberwar continue to grow. Published March 16, 2011

Inside the Ring

China used a top-secret SC-19 anti-satellite (ASAT) missile in a test last year against a target missile as part of a missile-defense system that remains shrouded in secrecy. Published March 9, 2011

Report alters Iran nukes outlook

An annual intelligence report to Congress has dropped language stating that Iran's nuclear weapons ambitions are a future option. Published March 7, 2011

Inside the Ring

U.S. intelligence agencies are working on a major strategic assessment of the national security dangers posed by China's large-scale holdings of U.S. debt, according to people close to the inquiry. Published March 2, 2011

Financial terrorism suspected in 2008 economic crash

Evidence outlined in a Pentagon contractor report suggests that financial subversion carried out by unknown parties, such as terrorists or hostile nations, contributed to the 2008 economic crash by covertly using vulnerabilities in the U.S. financial system. Published February 28, 2011

Libyan Foreign Minister Musa Kusa could be the key to Moammar Gadhafi's future in the troubled nation. (Associated Press)

Inside the Ring

Western security and intelligence officials monitoring the unfolding events in Libya are closely watching Libyan Foreign Minister Musa Kusa, the former Libyan intelligence chief and close confidant of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Published February 23, 2011