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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

N. Korea linked to covert missile, nuke trade

A report by the U.N. Security Council made public Wednesday states that North Korea is linked to covert shipments of banned nuclear technology and missiles to Iran, Syria and Burma. Published November 10, 2010

Angelo M. Codevilla's book describes a majority "Country Party" of voters who "want the Ruling Class off America's back."

Inside the Ring

The Pentagon's intelligence directorate is killing off one of its most strategically important mission areas: monitoring efforts by foreign governments to buy U.S. firms and technology, such as the multiple efforts by China's military-linked equipment company Huawei Technologies to buy into the U.S. high-technology sector. Published November 10, 2010

** FILE ** U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan is pictured at the Bell County Jail in Belton, Texas, in April 2010. (AP Photo/Bell County Sheriff's Department)

Report: Army failed to identify Fort Hood threat

The Army failed to properly identify the insider threat posed by the Fort Hood shooting suspect, Maj. Nidal Malik Hassan, and did not receive threat information from the FBI, according to an internal Army report on the shooting made public on Tuesday. Published November 9, 2010

Military probes plume off coast of California

A mysterious smoke plume that looked like a missile firing off the California coast on Monday may have been an aircraft, U.S. military officials said. Published November 9, 2010

Inside the Ring

White House political advisers canceled President Obama's planned visit to the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, amid concerns that his wearing an orange scarf there would fuel misperceptions that he is a Muslim. Published November 3, 2010

Package bombers not 'quite there yet'

U.S. intelligence agencies remain on alert but do not think additional package bombs are immediately heading for the U.S. after the third failed attack by the Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula over the weekend. Published October 31, 2010

**FILE** President Barack Obama (Associated Press)

Inside the Ring

Behind the scenes within the Obama administration a vigorous debate took place over the president's upcoming visit to India. Published October 27, 2010

Spy's arrest underscores Beijing's bid for agents

A former American student in China whom Chinese intelligence recruited as a spy was caught after he sought work in the CIA's espionage branch, highlighting Beijing's efforts to plant spies inside the agency. Published October 25, 2010

**FILE** President Barack Obama (Associated Press)

Inside the Ring

With President Obama set for a major trip to Asia next month and the Obama administration nearing the halfway point of its first term, U.S. officials tell Inside the Ring that a heated policy debate is under way over how to deal with China. Published October 20, 2010

**FILE** Jeff Sessions

Senators seek data on secret U.S.-Russia missile talks

Six Republican senators have asked Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to provide documents on secret talks between U.S. and Russian officials on missile defenses, amid conflicting reports that a deal with Moscow is close to completion. Published October 19, 2010

Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon E. Panetta said regarding the lawsuit against the former agent who wrote a revealing book: "CIA officers are duty-bound to observe the terms of their secrecy agreement with the agency. This lawsuit clearly reinforces that message." (Associated Press)

CIA sues ex-agent for book's breach of 'secrecy'

The CIA has filed a breach of contract lawsuit against a former deep-cover agent who published a book critical of the agency without allowing CIA censors to remove large portions of the manuscript before publication. Published October 18, 2010

In this photo from Sept. 8, 2010, a Chinese fishing boat (left), which was involved in a collision near disputed islands, arrives at a port on Ishigaki island, Okinawa prefecture, southwestern Japan. Japanese prosecutors decided Sept. 24, 2010, to release the captain of the Chinese fishing boat, whose detention raised tensions between the Asian neighbors. (Associated Press/Kyodo News)

Inside the Ring

The diplomatic dispute between China and Japan over the Senkaku Islands has died down, but the incident involving a detained fishing boat captain has raised new fears within the U.S. government over China's use of economic warfare, namely, its control over exports of rare-earth minerals needed for high-technology manufacturing. Published October 13, 2010

**FILE** In this August 2, 2003 photo, a U.S. Coast Guard C-130 aircraft flies over the waters off the southwest coast of Eleuthera in the Bahamas. (Associated Press)

Obama loosens sanctions on C-130s to China

President Obama issued a waiver loosening Tiananmen arms sanctions for C-130 military transports for China a day after the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to an imprisoned Chinese dissident who dedicated the prize this past weekend to the victims of the 1989 crackdown. Published October 11, 2010

Andrew Yang

Taiwan shops for newer air defenses

Taiwan urgently needs newer model F-16 jet fighters to bolster its air defenses and overall security because of growing missile and aircraft threats from China, Taiwan's deputy defense minister said Wednesday. Published October 6, 2010

** FILE ** FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III (Associated Press)

FBI chief cites probes of extremists

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III on Wednesday said the bureau is continuing investigations into religious extremists who may be involved in terrorism aside from the nationwide community outreach programs to ethnic and religious groups. Published October 6, 2010

Inside the Ring

China recently conducted a long-range missile flight test that remains shrouded in secrecy. A U.S. official confirmed that China's military fired a missile from the Taiyuan missile center, about 320 miles southwest of Beijing, to Korla, a city in western China some 1,800 miles away. The Sept. 25 test highlights what China military specialists say is the growing threat posed by Beijing's development of long- and short-range ballistic and cruise missiles, and its new missile defense interceptors. Published October 6, 2010

**FILE** Hamas authorities clash with a Fatah supporter in Gaza City. Palestinian rights groups have found a surprising symmetry in abuse between the U.S.-backed government in the West Bank and the Iranian-supported Hamas in Gaza. (Associated Press)

Hamas-linked cleric took part in FBI outreach effort

The FBI on Thursday defended its inclusion of a Chicago Muslim cleric tied in the past to the terrorist groups Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood in a group that recently visited the National Counterterrorism Center and FBI headquarters. Published September 30, 2010

Paramilitary police and plainclothes police officers, background, guard the gate of Japanese Embassy in Beijing on Sept. 20, 2010. China broke off high-level government contacts with Japan over the extended detention of a fishing boat captain arrested near disputed islands. (Associated Press)

Inside the Ring

Tensions between China and Japan continue to rise even though Japan on Saturday released a Chinese fishing boat captain who was held for ramming his vessel into two Japanese coast guard ships near the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. Published September 29, 2010

Yemeni cleric part of terror plots

The radical Islamic cleric who is the target of an Obama administration kill-or-capture order played a major role in directing the attempted bombing of an airliner on Christmas Day and in other terror plots, a senior U.S. intelligence official has revealed. Published September 27, 2010

U.S. 'watching' rising China-Japan tensions

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Thursday said that the United States is closely monitoring growing tensions between China and Japan while voicing strong U.S. support for Japan. Published September 23, 2010