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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

China targets U.S. troops with arms buildup

China is aggressively building up military forces capable of striking U.S. forces in the western Pacific and elsewhere as part of what the Pentagon calls an array of high-tech "anti-access" missiles, submarines and warplanes in its latest annual report. Published August 16, 2010

**FILE** Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates (left) and Gen. Xu Caihou, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, listen to national anthems at an Oct. 27, 2009, welcome ceremony at the Pentagon. (Associated Press)

China report to be released by Pentagon

The Pentagon this week will release its long-delayed annual report to Congress on China's military with a new title that officials say reflects the Obama administration's conciliatory, "soft power" approach to world affairs. Published August 15, 2010

New details point to sinking by N. Korean torpedo

An international investigative team released new details this week to bolster earlier conclusions that the South Korean warship Cheonan was sunk by a high-tech North Korean torpedo that exploded beneath the ship. Published July 29, 2010

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will return to private life in April, according to speculation inside the Pentagon. (Associated Press)

Inside the Ring

One of the ongoing pastimes inside the Pentagon is to speculate on the departure date for Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates. Published July 28, 2010

Russia violated '91 START till end, U.S. report finds

Russia continued to violate provisions of the 1991 START nuclear arms treaty up until the agreement expired in December, raising new concerns that Moscow will violate the pending "New START" treaty now being debated for ratification in the Senate. Published July 27, 2010

**FILE** Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican

Senators rap Pentagon's delay on China report

Republican and Democratic senators alike are calling on the Pentagon to explain why it has failed to provide Congress with an annual report on China's military power that was needed for debate on the defense bills. Published July 25, 2010

Inside the Ring

The Obama administration has given in to pressure from China and will not send the aircraft carrier strike group led by the USS George Washington to the Yellow Sea for upcoming naval exercises. The move followed protests from Beijing that a warship group in that area would pose a threat to China. Published July 21, 2010

U.S.: Russian cheating on START is insignificant

A classified State Department report to Congress says that potential Russian cheating on the new START nuclear-arms pact would not be significant because of the size of U.S. nuclear forces. Published July 20, 2010

**FILE** Adm. Robert F. Willard, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command (Associated Press)

U.S., South Korea plan 'show of force' exercises against North Korea

The admiral in charge of U.S. forces in the Pacific said Tuesday that U.S. and South Korean naval and air forces will conduct large-scale exercises near North Korea in a "show of force" against the communist state for its sinking of a South Korean warship in March. Published July 20, 2010

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is trying to limit reporters' access to Pentagon officials, both military and civilian. (Associated Press)

Inside the Ring

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates' July 2 memorandum to all top Pentagon and military leaders is part of multiyear effort to tighten controls on information provided to the media by limiting reporters' access by officials, both military and civilian. Published July 14, 2010

Spy swap puts halt to fact finding

The Obama administration's rapid release of 10 Russian intelligence officers removed the prospect of a public trial revealing embarrassing facts about Russian influence operations, like the targeting of a key Democratic Party financier close to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Published July 13, 2010

John Brennan, the deputy White House national security adviser for counterterrorism, says Islamic terrorists "have truly just distorted the whole concept [of jihad] in terms of murder." (Associated Press)

Inside the Ring

John Brennan, the deputy White House national security adviser for counterterrorism, recently defended controversial statements he made in a speech that Islamic terrorism is not rooted in Islam. Published July 7, 2010

Winnefeld (Photo by Michael de Yoanna)

Northcom's new leader boosts focus on Mexico

The new commander of the U.S. military's homeland security forces is stepping up cooperation with Mexico in an effort to stem drug trafficking and related violence. Published July 5, 2010

U.S. intel braces for Kremlin blowback as result of spy case

U.S. intelligence agencies are on alert for retaliation by Moscow, including a mass arrest of U.S. diplomats or intelligence officers who could then be used in a swap for 10 people arrested on suspicion of roles as Russian deep-cover spies posing as Americans. Published June 30, 2010

** FILE ** In this May 10, 2010, file photo, Commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan Gen. Stanley McChrystal, and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl W. Eikenberry brief reporters ahead of Afghan President Hamid Karzai's visit at the White House. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Inside the Ring

The firing of Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, commander of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan, was preceded by a short political death watch among senior military brass. Published June 23, 2010

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks at a public gathering in Iran. He says Tehran is willing to deal with the outside world but resents U.N. sanctions. (Associated Press)

Military in Iran seen as taking control

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Sunday that Iran's government is becoming a military dictatorship, with religious leaders being sidelined and, as a result, new sanctions could pressure Tehran into curbing its illegal nuclear program. Published June 20, 2010

Inside the Ring

The Obama administration is secretly working with Russia to conclude an agreement that many officials fear will limit U.S. missile defenses. Published June 16, 2010

An Uzbek's home burns after being torched by Kyrgyz men in Jalal-Abad, Kyrgyzstan, on Sunday. Thousands of Kyrgyz men brandishing sticks, metal bars and hunting rifles burned Uzbeks' property in the Central Asian nation as frightened police stayed away. (Associated Press)

Russians pressing Kyrgyzstan to oust U.S. base

The strategic U.S. air base at Manas, Kyrgyzstan, again is facing closure as Russia works behind the scenes to influence Kyrgyzstan's interim government, which faced violent ethnic clashes over the weekend. Published June 13, 2010

**FILE** Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (The Washington Times)

Mullen irked by China's response to North Korea

The president's most senior military adviser said he was dismayed by China's failure to support U.S. and allied calls for punishing North Korea over its sinking of a South Korean warship. Published June 10, 2010

The Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano is urgently needed in Afghanistan, the Pentagon's Joint Staff has been told. (Embraer Image Gallery)

Inside the Ring

Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, recently sent an urgent request to the Pentagon's Joint Staff to speed up deployment of four new light attack aircraft needed by special operations commandos for airstrikes against al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan. Published June 9, 2010