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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

President Trump added weight to his threat to act unilaterally against the nuclear weapons program of North Korea last week by approving U.S. missile strikes on Syria while hosting Chinese President Xi Jinping. (Associated Press)

Trump-Xi summit focuses on North Korea

President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping exchanged views on the assessment of North Korea's nuclear weapons program last week, and "there was mutual agreement the problem has become more urgent," a senior administration tells Inside the Ring. Published April 12, 2017

Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten, commander of the Strategic Command, warns that terrorist drones pose a threat to U.S. nuclear facilities. (Associated Press)

Stratcom issues guidance on drone threats

The commander of the Strategic Command voiced concerns this week that terrorists could use drone aircraft to attack U.S. nuclear facilities. Published April 5, 2017

The Pentagon has taken steps to tighten restrictions on employees who travel to China because it is concerned about illicit Chinese acquisition of defense technology. Security officials also are urging Defense Department travelers to avoid transit through the communist state after several incidents involving Americans who were detained or harassed on the way to third countries. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Pentagon tightens security on China contacts

Concerned over illicit Chinese acquisition of defense technology, the Pentagon has taken steps to tighten restrictions on employees who travel to China. Published March 29, 2017

Cyber Warfare Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Warfare goes digital in the 21st century

Russia's intelligence service hacks Democratic Party computer networks and puts out stolen emails in a bid to influence the 2016 election. China says it owns 90 percent of the South China Sea and begins building military bases under a vague historical claim to the strategic waterway. Iranian hackers break into American banks and a water control computer network at an upstate New York dam. Welcome to the new form of conflict in the 21st century: information warfare. Published March 29, 2017

The Pacific Command will be the focus of Patrick Cronin, a former critic of President Trump, who landed a plum position as director of the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies. (Associated Press/File)

Trump critic Patrick Cronin to head plum Pentagon think tank

Patrick Cronin, an Asian security expert with the Democrat-leaning Center for New American Security, has been named to the plum post of director of a key Pentagon think tank, the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies. Published March 22, 2017

Vice Adm. Kevin Donegan, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (middle) warned that Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have employed an Iranian-designed remotely piloted small boat filled with explosives to take out enemy targets. He also said Iran supplied the explosives. (U.S. Navy)

Iran behind Yemeni rebels' explosive boats

Iranian-backed Houthi rebels working to take power in Yemen are using a new weapon that is raising fears of seaborne attacks on both military and commercial shipping in the region. Published March 15, 2017

U.S. Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testifies during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, March 7, 2017. (DoD Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. James K. McCann) ** FILE **

Drones threatened nuclear facilities

Drone aircraft recently carried out unauthorized intrusions over Air Force and Navy nuclear facilities, and the incidents pose a growing threat, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command disclosed to Congress Wednesday. Published March 8, 2017

A video shows a Russian pilot flight-testing a jet equipped with a helmet mount from what analysts say appears to be for a GoPro video camera. The U.S. Navy has been slow to adopt the technology. (Russian Defense Ministry)

U.S.-Russia helmet video gap?

Russia is using GoPro video on the helmets of its fighter pilots, while the U.S. Navy and Air Force do not routinely use helmet cameras that are needed to record the increasing number of dangerous aerial encounters. The Navy delayed for two years before meeting a Pacific Fleet admiral's request to outfit pilots with helmet-mounted video cameras. The Navy also has not released any video showing some of the recent threatening encounters with Chinese aircraft since the cameras were introduced last year. Published March 1, 2017

Michael Flynn and his son Michael G. Flynn (left) (Associated Press/File)

Michael Flynn and the revenge of the bureaucrats

The resignation of White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn on Monday was the result of a coordinated effort by current and former U.S. intelligence officials to undermine the Trump administration using the disclosure of highly classified communications intercepts. Published February 15, 2017

FILE - In this file photo posted on the Twitter page of Syria's al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front on April 25, 2015, which is consistent with AP reporting, Nusra Front fighters stand on their vehicles and wave their group's flags as they tour the streets of Jisr al-Shughour, Idlib province, Syria. The battle for Aleppo has gripped the world, but it is hardly the only active front across Syria. One of the next targets for the forces of Bashar Assad will probably be the heartland of rebel territory, the neighboring Idlib province. (Al-Nusra Front Twitter page via AP, File)

Al Qaeda resurgence

U.S. intelligence agencies recently uncovered new information indicating the al Qaeda terrorist group continues to plan for conducting terrorist attacks around the world. Published February 1, 2017

Critics says CIA Director John Brennan, a career intelligence analyst, sharply turned the agency in a leftward direction during his tenure in Langley. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump to reform intelligence

One national security priority of the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump is to reform the heavily bureaucratized and, to some critics, politicized U.S. intelligence community. Published January 18, 2017

"Migrant flows are greater now than in the past 70 years, raising the specter of drained welfare coffers and increased competition for jobs, and reinforcing nativist, anti-elite impulses," says a report by the National Intelligence Council. (Associated Press/File)

Intelligence report predicts dire future

The National Intelligence Council, an academic and intelligence analysis group, released a report this week on future global trends, and the picture the analysts painted is not bright. Published January 11, 2017

PLA's hacking hotel

U.S. military intelligence has identified a headquarters for a Chinese military hacking unit -- inside two Beijing hotels. Published January 4, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin, a former KGB lieutenant colonel, has been a leading advocate for the use of secret intelligence operations for information warfare. The most dangerous form of his plans has been assassinations of political opponents. (Associated Press)

Vladimir Putin wages information war against U.S., allies, new book reveals

Russia under Vladimir Putin has emerged from the decades following the fall of the Soviet Union as a revanchist threatening power that is engaged in strategic information warfare against the United States and its allies. The attacks strike at the heart of the American democratic system and involve a covert action program aimed at influencing the outcome of the nation's most important political contest: the election of the president of the United States. Published January 3, 2017