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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

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with U.S. President Barack Obama at Schloss Elmau hotel near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Monday, June 8, 2015, during the G-7 summit. (Michael Kappeler/Pool Photo via AP)

Congress seeks to block U.S. intel from German NSA probe

President Obama wants to share U.S. secrets with a German parliamentary committee investigating the National Security Agency's spying in Germany -- a move in direct opposition to Congressional restrictions. Published June 17, 2015

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is expected to discuss island-building with People's Liberation Army Gen. Fan Changlong during a meeting Thursday. (Associated Press)

Ashton Carter's remarks suggest an Obama policy shift on China

The Obama administration appears to be in the early phase of a policy shift on China. Tougher rhetoric and policies, most recently demonstrated by remarks in Asia from Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, coincide with the departures of two key officials long known for advocating more conciliatory policies toward Beijing. Published June 10, 2015

Obama secretly backing Muslim Brotherhood

President Obama and his administration continue to support the global Islamist militant group known the Muslim Brotherhood. A White House strategy document regards the group as a moderate alternative to more violent Islamist groups like al Qaeda and the Islamic State. Published June 3, 2015

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter Wednesday challenged Chinese pressure for U.S. warships and surveillance aircraft to halt all operations near disputed islands in the strategic waters that China is claiming as its sovereign maritime domain. (Associated Press)

Ashton Carter: Stop China island build-up

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Wednesday forcefully called on China to halt all island construction in the South China Sea and said U.S. forces will not be pressured into halting military operations there. Published May 27, 2015

A Korean Air Airbus A380 (bottom left) is on display with other aircraft at the 49th Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport outside Paris on Monday, June 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Paris Air Show targeted by terrorists, spies

Foreign spies and terrorists are two threats facing American aerospace firms attending the prestigious international Paris Air Show next month, according to a State Department security report. Published May 20, 2015

President Barack Obama meets with Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. and Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, left, in the Oval Office, Sept. 30, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Joint Chiefs to get tough on China after climate change yes-man snubbed

The selection Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is a blow to officials in the military and the Obama administration who were hoping that the nomination would go to Adm. Samuel Locklear, who has been a major influence on Sino-U.S. policies. Published May 7, 2015

Ashton Carter (Associated Press)

Obama threatens veto of defense funding shift

President Obama will veto Republican-backed legislation if it allows the Pentagon to shift funds meant for conflicts to other defense spending, to circumvent sequestration limits, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told Congress on Wednesday. Published May 6, 2015

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry, Texas Republican. (Associated Press) ** FILE*

House adds funds to counter Russian info war

The current House defense authorization bill is targeting Russia's aggressive information warfare operations in Ukraine, along with propaganda activities by Islamist terrorists. Published April 29, 2015

President Barack Obama, left, toasts with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Nov. 12 at a lunch banquet in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. China has become one of the world's largest two economies, and is wealthy enough to buy up at least $1.3 trillion of the U.S. debt. But that hasn't stopped Uncle Sam from continuing to send foreign aid to Beijing. (Associated Press)

Spy shocker: CIA cooperated with Chinese intelligence to target Russia

The joint operations included the major electronic spying program in China, code-named Chestnut, that targeted the Soviet Union and now Russia, as well as covert shipments of Chinese arms to Afghan rebels battling Soviet forces and anti-Cuban rebels in Angola. Published April 23, 2015


Joseph Dunford next to chair Joint Chiefs?

Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, commandant of the Marine Corps, has emerged as a leading candidate to replace Army Gen. Martin Dempsey as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to defense officials familiar with internal discussions of the matter. Published April 22, 2015

PACIFIC OCEAN (April 24, 2013)Two  F/A-18E Super Hornets from the Tophatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 participate in an air power demonstration over the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is returning from an eight-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Ignacio D. Perez/Released) 130424-N-TC437-663
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Russia returns to Cold War posture

Russian military activities and strategic nuclear forces are returning to a Cold War-era posture, the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific said Wednesday. Published April 15, 2015

Before leaving office, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel got a look at high-tech projects being developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Brad Tousley demonstrated a robot that would assist wounded warriors. (Associated Press)

Gearing up for robot wars

Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work on Wednesday outlined the Pentagon's plans for an advanced war-fighting strategy involving robot weapons and remote-controlled warfare. Published April 8, 2015

Maj. Eric Geyer, an F-18 Hornet instructor with Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1, and Capt. Kyle Haire, also an F-18 Hornet instructor with MAWTS-1, top left, and Maj. Clint Webber, the tactical aviation department head for MAWTS-1, bottom right, train in their aircraft during the spring Weapons and Tactics Instructors' Course at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., March 30.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. William Waterstreet)

Marine fighter jets landing on Taiwan sends China message

The emergency landing of two U.S. Marine Corps F-18 fighter jets on the island of Taiwan appears to have been a political message from the Pentagon to Beijing following a recent Chinese bomber drill near the island nation that is a key rival to Beijing's rule. Published April 1, 2015

China markets attack drone to foreign customers

A brochure from a Chinese state-run company reveals new details about one of Beijing's attack drones — called the Cai Hong-3 (CH-3), or Rainbow-3 — being offered for sale to foreign customers. Published March 25, 2015