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Bill Gertz

Bill Gertz

Bill Gertz is a national security correspondent for The Washington Times. He has been with The Times since 1985.

He is the author of eight books, four of them national best-sellers. His latest book, "Deceiving the Sky: Inside Communist China's Drive for Global Supremacy," reveals details about the growing threat posed by the People's Republic of China. He is also the author of the ebook "How China's Communist Party Made the World Sick."

Mr. Gertz also writes 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.

He can be reached at

Articles by Bill Gertz

Chinese military vehicles carrying JL-2 submarine-launched missiles roll during a parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of Communist China in Beijing, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. Trucks carrying weapons including a nuclear-armed missile designed to evade U.S. defenses rumbled through Beijing as the Communist Party celebrated its 70th anniversary in power with a parade Tuesday that showcased China's ambition as a rising global force. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

China’s nukes use U.S. technology

Beijing's rapid buildup of nuclear forces has been assisted by American nuclear and missile technology obtained by Chinese spies and through U.S. space and nuclear cooperation in the 1990s, according to a review of Chinese technology records and internal U.S. government documents. Published January 3, 2023

The seal of Central Intelligence Agency is seen in the lobby the headquarters building in Langley, Va., on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

Once-secret files reveal new details of CIA’s divisive defector dispute

Once-secret government documents are revealing new, long-hidden details on one of the CIA's biggest Cold War controversies, involving defecting Soviet intelligence agents and U.S. counterspy programs targeting the Kremlin's strategic deception operations against the West. Published January 1, 2023

Chinese President Xi Jinping waves at an event to introduce new members of the Politburo Standing Committee at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Chinese leader invokes Mao’s anti-fleas campaign

Chinese President Xi Jinping is loosening health restrictions after anti-communist protests against pandemic lockdowns, but is continuing the Chinese Communist Party's mass campaign against the rapidly spreading coronavirus by invoking Mao Zedong's 1950s campaign to eliminate fleas and flies. Published December 28, 2022

In this Feb. 23, 2017, photo, Shi Zhengli works with other researchers in a lab at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. (Chinatopix via AP) **FILE**

Omnibus bill to cut funds to Wuhan virology lab

Congress' $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill to keep the government funded contains provisions that will prevent the Pentagon and State Department from funding China's Wuhan Institute of Virology, considered a possible origin point for the outbreak behind the COVID-19 pandemic. Published December 21, 2022

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a memorial for the late former Chinese President Jiang Zemin, who passed away on Nov. 30 at the age of 96, held in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Chinese leader Xi Jinping is attending a pair of regional summits in Saudi Arabia this week amid efforts to kick-start economic growth weighed down by strict anti-COVID-19 measures. (Pang Xinglei/Xinhua via AP)

Spy agencies to report on Chinese leader corruption

U.S. intelligence agencies will soon be required to submit reports to Congress on the wealth and "corrupt activities" of the senior leadership of the Chinese Communist Party, according to provisions of the fiscal 2023 intelligence authorization bill now in the final stages in Congress. Published December 14, 2022

Gloved hands on a computer keyboard (By welcomia /

NSA warns of Chinese state hackers targeting Citrix

The National Security Agency sent companies a warning notice Tuesday that Chinese state-linked cyberspies are targeting the multinational cloud-computing firm Citrix. Published December 13, 2022

The American and Chinese flags wave at Genting Snow Park ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics on Feb. 2, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

China nuclear force exceeds U.S. arsenal in some areas, Strategic Command warns

The commander of the U.S. Strategic Command recently notified Congress that China's military has passed the U.S. in at least one of three areas -- the number of nuclear warheads, strategic missiles or launchers, according to a letter from lawmakers to the chief of America's nuclear arsenal. Published December 8, 2022

In this photo released by the Taiwan Ministry of National Defense, Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen watches soldiers operate equipment during a visit to a naval station on Penghu, an archipelago of several dozen islands off Taiwan's western coast on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022. Tsai told the self-ruled island's military units Tuesday to keep their cool in the face of daily warplane flights and warship maneuvers by rival China, saying that Taiwan will not allow Beijing to provoke a conflict. visit to the She also inspected a radar squadron, an air defense company, and a navy fleet. (Taiwan Ministry of National Defense via AP) **FILE**

Defense bill sharply boosts arms, support for Taiwan

The proposed House and Senate fiscal 2023 defense authorization bill contains provisions that would sharply increase U.S. support for Taiwan, including $10 billion in new weapons and provisions for holding joint military exercises. Published December 7, 2022

In this Jan. 31, 2010 file photo, an unmanned U.S. Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan on a moonlit night. Today, when U.S. intelligence agencies believe they know the location of a terrorist in Pakistan and a few other countries, they are largely free to deploy a weapon that's become the symbol of war on terror: an aerial drone. The drone drops a bomb or fires a missile that executes the suspect. University of Utah law professor Amos Guiora is pushing for another step before the U.S. government or military could decide to kill a terror suspect with a drone. In a proposal to be published in 2015, Guiora and a colleague are pushing for what they call a "drone court." The court would be part of the judiciary branch and hear arguments for why the United States should target a suspect with a drone strike. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

Drones will now be ‘uncrewed,’ not ‘unmanned’ in Pentagon shift

The Pentagon is subbing out the use of the term "unmanned" in a nod to political correctness and will henceforth refer to "uncrewed" drones and other autonomous weapons. The change appears in the Pentagon's latest annual report to Congress on the Chinese military made public this week. Published November 30, 2022