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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 (www.freebeacon.com). 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

U.S. ignored warnings before deadly Afghan attack

Three intelligence reports that warned that Taliban insurgents were planning an attack just days before this month's raid on two remote military outposts in Afghanistan were dismissed as insignificant. Published October 16, 2009

Taliban suicide bombers stalk Afghan voters

U.S. military officials are braced for election violence in Afghanistan after Taliban insurgents threatened to unleash 20 suicide bombers in attacks during Thursday's election. Published August 19, 2009

EXCLUSIVE: Pro-Israel lobby probe linked to anti-Semitism

A long-running FBI espionage probe of the pro-Israel lobby in Washington appears to have been motivated in part by anti-Semitism, says a former Pentagon official who revealed this week he had cooperated for 10 weeks with federal agents conducting the probe. Published July 30, 2009

EXCLUSIVE: Defense analyst in spy case was FBI double agent

Larry Franklin, the former Pentagon analyst convicted of revealing classified information, says he worked undercover as an FBI double agent to gather information on the pro-Israel lobby in the United States. Published July 29, 2009

Space-defense systems secure in glass house

The transfer of strategic North American aerospace defense systems from inside the hardened complex of Colorado's Cheyenne Mountain to the basement of a glass office building has not reduced the security of the system, the commander of the U.S. Northern Command says. Published July 3, 2009

U.S. 'ready' for N. Korean missile

U.S. missile defenses are prepared to try to knock down the last stage of a missile launch by North Korea if sensors detect the weapon threatens U.S. territory, the commander of the U.S. Northern Command says. Published July 2, 2009

GERTZ: Obama's missed opportunity in Egypt

The White House views the speech in Cairo by President Obama reaching out to Muslims as part of its aggressive effort to counter the lies of Muslim extremists while promoting American values around the world. Published June 11, 2009

EXCLUSIVE: N. Korea general tied to forged $100 bills

A North Korean general who is a confidant of the country's leader, Kim Jong-il, has been identified by U.S. and foreign intelligence agencies as a key figure in the covert production and distribution of high-quality counterfeit $100 bills called supernotes, according to documents and interviews with intelligence officials. Published June 2, 2009

Defense staffer charged in China spy case

A civilian employee of the Defense Department was arrested Wednesday on espionage charges that he sold classified information and passed other sensitive documents to a spy for the Chinese government who has been convicted of compromising another Pentagon employee. Published May 14, 2009

China blocks U.S. from cyber warfare

China has developed more secure operating software for its tens of millions of computers and is already installing it on government and military systems, hoping to make Beijing's networks impenetrable to U.S. military and intelligence agencies. Published May 12, 2009

Afghan commander's aide blames deaths on Taliban

A top aide defended Gen. David McKiernan after his dismissal as Afghanistan theater commander Monday, saying many of the civilians who died in U.S. air strikes last week had been forced into target buildings by the Taliban and required to shoot at government forces. Published May 12, 2009

EXCLUSIVE: Obama OK'd 2 SEAL teams for pirates

President Obama dispatched two teams of Navy commandos to carry out last week's rescue of a captain held hostage by Somali pirates but left the operational details and rules of engagement to the military. Published April 22, 2009

Pentagon: Beijing boosts cyberwarfare

China is continuing a large-scale military buildup of high-tech forces that includes "disruptive" anti-satellite missiles, new strategic forces, and computer attack weapons, the Pentagon's annual report to Congress on the Chinese military says. Published March 26, 2009

Chinese spy who defected tells all

A veteran Chinese intelligence officer who defected to the United States says that his country's civilian spy service spends most of its time trying to steal secrets overseas but also works to bolster Beijing's Communist Party rule by repressing religious and political dissent internally. Published March 19, 2009

EXCLUSIVE: Commerce pick tied to China cash

Commerce Secretary nominee Gary Locke has performed legal work for firms doing business with Beijing and was forced to refund several political donations received from key figures in a Chinese influence-buying probe. Published March 18, 2009

U.S. protests China's ship harassment

Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair told a Senate hearing Tuesday that China's military is increasing harassment of U.S. Navy survey ships, activities viewed by U.S. intelligence as the most aggressive since 2001, when a Chinese jet flew into a U.S. EP-3 surveillance plane and set off an international crisis. Published March 11, 2009

Blair: China gets 'more aggressive' against U.S. ships

UPDATED: Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair told a Senate hearing Tuesday that China's military is increasing harassment of Navy survey ships, activities viewed by U.S. intelligence as the most aggressive since 2001, when a Chinese jet flew into a U.S. EP-3 surveillance plane and set off an international crisis. Published March 11, 2009