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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

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

Iran militia claims credit for VOA cyberstrike

An Iranian government official on Tuesday claimed the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps was behind a recent computer attack that disrupted Voice of America Internet programming. Published February 22, 2011

Iranians hack into VOA website

Iranian computer hackers on Monday hijacked the website of the Voice of America, replacing its Internet home page with a banner bearing an Iranian flag and an image of an AK-47 assault rifle. Published February 21, 2011

Military to bolster its forces in Pacific

The commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific said Thursday that the Pentagon is developing new battle plans for Asia that include adding Marines to better-coordinated naval and air forces in the region where China is expanding its military might. Published February 17, 2011

Inside the Ring

A classified State Department cable made public recently finally has shed some light on persistent Chinese military secrecy and its refusal to hold nuclear talks with the United States: China fears discussing its nuclear arsenal will weaken the deterrent value. Published February 16, 2011

Former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld released a large cache of unclassified documents relating to his decades-long government career. (Associated Press)

Inside the Ring

Mongolia is eager to host bilateral talks between the United States and North Korea, according to Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj. Published February 9, 2011

Mongolian president uses Reagan playbook

Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj said he remains a staunch Reaganite when it comes to promoting democracy and free markets. Published February 3, 2011

Inside the Ring

Numerous diplomatic cables from Beijing show that Chinese companies are continuing to sell to Iran and other states goods for the production of weapons of mass destruction because the Beijing government has failed to stem the activities. Published February 2, 2011

**FILE** Gen. Kevin Chilton (Associated Press/U.S. Air Force)

Inside the Ring

The commander of the U.S. Strategic Command said in an interview that he supports the idea of holding strategic talks with China on nuclear, missile-defense, space and cyberwarfare issues. Published January 27, 2011

Gen. Kevin P. Chilton (Courtesy of

Show of strength urged for cyberwar

Military cyberwarriors are building up efforts to pinpoint the sources of foreign computer break-ins on U.S. networks and will need to demonstrate a major computer attack capability in the future to deter increasingly sophisticated threats, according to the outgoing commander of the U.S. Strategic Command. Published January 27, 2011

Chinese firm tied to steel used in Iran nukes

The State Department in 2009 sought the Chinese government's help in blocking a sale to Iran of 25 tons of specialty steel for Tehran's defense industry to be used in building nuclear-related centrifuges, according to a classified department cable. Published January 23, 2011

Adm. John C. Harvey (in Hawaiian shirt), who fired Navy Capt. Owen Honors for raunchy videos on his ship, enjoys a crossing-the-equator ceremony as a junior officer of the USS Bainbridge.

Inside the Ring

A new showdown is looming between China and the United States over arms sales to Taiwan. The Obama administration privately has decided to sell a new arms package to the island but is keeping details secret until after next week's visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao. Published January 12, 2011

China spurns strategic security talks with U.S.

China's defense minister on Monday rebuffed an offer from Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to hold strategic nuclear talks, saying military dialogue will be limited to counterpiracy, counterterrorism and peacekeeping cooperation. Published January 10, 2011

China's stealth jet coming on, Gates confirms

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates confirmed Sunday that U.S. intelligence agencies underestimated China's progress in developing a new stealth jet fighter. Published January 9, 2011

Inside the Ring

The Pentagon is scrambling to explain what appears to be an intelligence failure after Internet photos made public recently showed a faster-than-estimated advance of China's new fifth-generation warplane. Published January 5, 2011