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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

In this photo provided by U.S. Navy, Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) conducts routine underway operations in the Philippines Sea on June 24, 2022. The U.S. Navy on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, sailed the destroyer close to China-controlled islands in the South China Sea in what Washington said was a patrol aimed at asserting freedom of navigation through the strategic seaway. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Arthur Rosen/U.S. Navy via AP) ** FILE **

Navy warship marks S. China Sea ruling anniversary

A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer this week helped mark the sixth anniversary of a landmark international tribunal ruling declaring the South China Sea to be international waters and not a Chinese lake. Published July 13, 2022

Chinese policemen patrol the bund area, Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Shanghai. Hackers claim to have obtained a trove of data on 1 billion Chinese from a Shanghai police database in a leak that, if confirmed, could be one of the largest data breaches in history. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

‘ChinaDan’ hacks Shanghai police files on 1 billion people

An unidentified computer hacker successfully obtained a massive database from a police network in Shanghai, a database that includes records held by the security organization on an estimated 1 billion Chinese citizens. Published July 6, 2022

A military officer salutes during a parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of Communist China in Beijing, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. With Russia’s military failings in Ukraine mounting, no country is paying closer attention than China to how a smaller, outgunned force has badly bloodied what was thought to be one of the world’s strongest armies. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

U.S. Pacific commander: China targeting military C2

Adm. John Aquilino, commander of the Hawaii-based Indo-Pacific Command, said recently that all U.S. services are strengthening command and control systems to prepare for a future conflict with China. Published June 29, 2022

Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, center, speaks with Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., left, while Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., walks by at right, as the Senate votes to formally begin debate on a roughly $1 trillion infrastructure plan, a process that could take several days, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, July 30, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Congress to restore nuclear cruise missile funds

Biden administration anti-nuclear policymakers suffered a bipartisan rebuke as Congress voted to reverse Pentagon plans to eliminate a nuclear-tipped, sea-launched cruise missile. Published June 22, 2022

Chinese Communist Party foreign affairs chief Yang Jiechi, center, and China's State Councilor Wang Yi, second from left, speak at the opening session of US-China talks at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska, Thursday, March 18, 2021. (Frederic J. Brown/Pool via AP)

China to U.S.: Leave communist system alone

A senior Chinese Communist Party official this week repeated Beijing's demand that the United States not seek to overthrow the communist system. Published June 15, 2022

In this photo released by Greenpeace, Thai villagers joined Greenpeace activists and the crew of Rainbow Warrior form a human installation proclaiming Quit Coal in a protest against the coal-fired power plant at Thapsakae beach July 9, 2008 in Prachuab Khirikhant province, southern Thailand. The protesters staged a protest against the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) which is proposing to build a 4000-MW coal-fired power plant at this beach but was opposed by villagers due to concerns on pollution and climate change. (AP Photo/Vinai Dithajohn/Greenpeace, HO) **COMPULSORY CREDIT, NO RESALE, NO ARCHIVING**

Resistance group defends extreme methods to save planet

The group leading the resistance to the lithium Nevada mine proposal is openly, defiantly outside the American mainstream -- against capitalism, against industrialization and electrification, and "proudly Luddite in character." Published June 14, 2022

In this photo released Dec. 31, 2021, by Xinhua News Agency, an undated photo shows a carrier-based J-15 fighter jet preparing to land on the Chinese navy's Liaoning aircraft carrier during open-sea combat training. China is holding military exercises in the disputed South China Sea coinciding with U.S. President Joe Biden's visits to South Korea and Japan that are largely focused on countering the perceived threat from China. (Hu Shanmin/Xinhua via AP) ** FILE **

China conducts two threatening aerial intercepts

Tensions between China's military and two U.S. allies increased recently after People's Liberation Army fighter planes conducted what officials say were dangerous aerial encounters. Published June 8, 2022

Spectators wave Chinese flags as military vehicles carrying DF-41 nuclear ballistic missiles roll during a parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of Communist China in Beijing on Oct. 1, 2019. A top Chinese arms control official denied Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022 that his government is rapidly expanding its nuclear arsenal, though he said it is taking steps to ensure its nuclear deterrent remains viable in a changing security environment. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

Biden: U.S. committed to arms control despite Chinese, Russian advances

Arms control remains a central focus of Biden administration national security policy despite a nuclear weapons "breakout" by China and the deployment of cutting-edge new strategic weapons by Russia not covered by the New START Treaty, President Biden said in a letter Thursday. Published June 2, 2022

Air Force Gen. Glen VanHerck, Commander, U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado Springs, Colo., appears on a screen as he speaks about the situation in Afghanistan and evacuation of Afghans, during a virtual briefing moderated by Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, not pictured, at the Pentagon in Washington, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Northcom: Threats to U.S. homeland surging

The commander of the Pentagon's Northern Command recently told Congress that the United States faces growing threats of attack from China, Russia and North Korea. Published June 1, 2022

Director Avril Haines of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) testifies during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing about worldwide threats, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 14, 2021. (Saul Loeb/Pool via AP)

U.S. spy agencies warned not to discriminate against Chinese Americans

The FBI, CIA and other intelligence agencies are not permitted to consider Chinese Americans as a greater security threat despite their targeting by China's intelligence service for recruitment, according to a report made public Tuesday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Published May 31, 2022