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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

Russia's Kalibr cruise missile, used recently in Syria, appears to violate the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty prohibiting ground-based nuclear and conventional missiles with ranges from 310 miles to 3,420 miles. (Associated Press/File)

Russian general reveals INF violation

Any doubts about Russia's militarily significant violation of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty were largely dispelled by Moscow's military chief this month. Published November 15, 2017

Chinese soldiers and children holding U.S. and Chinese flags line up on the tarmac to greet President Donald Trump as he arrives at Beijing Airport, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, in Beijing, China. Trump is on a five country trip through Asia traveling to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

U.S. on alert for China moves

China's government is known for using high-level foreign visits to conduct tests of new military equipment such as missiles and stealth aircraft, and the White House is hoping Beijing does not conduct provocative tests while President Trump is visiting the country this week. Published November 8, 2017

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov finalized the New START treaty in February 2011. Last month, the Uranium One case resurfaced when news reports revealed that the FBI apparently covered up information about illegal Russian attempts to lobby Mrs. Clinton. (Associated Press/File)

Uranium One and New START

Some U.S. national security officials are urging an investigation of the burgeoning Uranium One scandal to focus on whether the New START arms treaty with Russia was compromised by Moscow payoffs and not just by Obama administration policies that sought to curry favor with the Kremlin. Published November 1, 2017

Chinese businessman Guo Wengui, shown here on a Twitter page in Beijing, is wanted on corruption charges and has become a major political thorn in the side of the Communist Party leadership. (Associated Press/File)

Sessions threatened to quit over Chinese dissident

Attorney General Jeff Sessions went to the mat recently against pro-China officials within the Trump administration to prevent the forcible return of a dissident businessman to China. Published October 25, 2017

In this Tuesday, July 11, 2017, photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a ship carrying Chinese military personnel departs a port in Zhanjiang, south China's Guangdong Province. China on Tuesday dispatched members of its People's Liberation Army to the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti to man the rising Asian giant's first overseas military base, a key part of a wide-ranging expansion of the role of China's armed forces. (Wu Dengfeng/Xinhua News Agencyvia AP) (credit)

China eyes Pakistan port

After opening its first foreign military base near the Horn of Africa, China is preparing to build a second military facility in Gwadar, Pakistan. Published October 18, 2017

Congress seeks IG probe of radio

Four members of Congress have asked the State Department inspector general to investigate whether China coerced the Voice of America into canceling a live radio interview with a Chinese dissident. Published October 4, 2017

North Korea's latest missile test involved the firing of a road-mobile intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) dubbed the Hwasong-12.

'Steering casualty' behind USS McCain collision

Investigators probing the deadly collision between the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker last month believe the primary cause was a loss of steering control and the crew's failure to compensate. Published September 20, 2017

Adm. Scott Swift, commander of the Pacific Fleet, is being considering for the post of commander of the entire Hawaii-based Pacific Command. Adm Swift, a Navy pilot, would replace Adm. Harry Harris. (U.S. Navy)

Pacific Fleet chief headed to Pacom

The commander of the Pacific Fleet, Adm. Scott Swift, is in line for the plum military post of commander of the Hawaii-based Pacific Command. Published September 13, 2017

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China is developing warheads for its new JL-2 submarine-launched ballistic missile for use in anti-satellite weapons.

Foreign space threats grow

China, Russia, Iran and North Korea are developing weapons and other capabilities to destroy vulnerable U.S. satellites in space, according to a think tank report on foreign space threats. Published September 6, 2017

This Aug. 29, 2017 photo distributed on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center,  smiles as Kim inspects the test launch of a Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile in Pyongyang, North Korea. Leader Kim called for more ballistic missile tests targeting the Pacific Ocean, Pyongyang announced Wednesday, a day after his nation for the first time flew a ballistic missile designed to carry a nuclear payload over Japan. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

U.S. sees signs of North Korean nuke test

Amid the latest North Korean missile test that overflew Japan, U.S. intelligence agencies recently detected increased activity at the North's main underground nuclear testing facility in the northeastern part of the country that signal preparations for a sixth underground test blast. Published August 30, 2017

A rower paddles down the Charles River near the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Tuesday, March 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) (Associated Press)

China's $360 million gift to Harvard

China is providing Harvard University with $360 million that a former military intelligence analyst says appears to be part of an effort to influence one of America's most important educational institutions. Published August 16, 2017

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, military vehicles carrying missiles for both nuclear and conventional strikes are driven past the VIP stage during a military parade to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army at Zhurihe training base in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Sunday, July 30, 2017. China's military has the "confidence and capability" to bolster the country's rise into a world power, President Xi Jinping said Sunday as he oversaw a large-scale military parade meant to show off the forces at his command to foreign and domestic audiences. (Zha Chunming/Xinhua via AP)

China's new long-range missile

Amid growing fears of North Korean nuclear missile threats, China recently showed off a new and more lethal long-range nuclear missile of its own. Published August 9, 2017

Chinese hacking against U.S. entities has declined significantly since the theft of some 22 million federal records from the Office of Personnel Management, according to a report from cybersecurity firm FireEye. (Associated Press/File)

CIA on Chinese cyberspying

A senior CIA analyst said China is continuing to conduct aggressive cyberespionage operations against the U.S., contrary to claims by security experts who say Beijing curbed cyberattacks in the past few years. Published July 26, 2017

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency will take greater control of the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense missile system from Boeing at the end of this year, according a spokesman. This is a major shift in oversight. (Department of Defense)

Military building for info warfare

Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate this week that the military is taking steps to improve its capabilities for countering and conducting information warfare — the use of cyberattacks and influence operations. Published July 19, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a signing ceremony following their talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with Russia's President Vladimir Putin for talks on boosting ties between the two allies. (Sergei Ilnitsky/Pool Photo via AP) (credit)

Russia, China undermining U.S.

Russia and China are working against the United States around the world, according to a Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) report. Published July 12, 2017

This photo distributed by the North Korean government shows what was said to be the launch of a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile, ICBM, in North Korea's northwest, Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this photo. North Korea claimed to have tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile in a launch Tuesday, a potential game-changing development in its push to militarily challenge Washington  but a declaration that conflicts with earlier South Korean and U.S. assessments that it had an intermediate range. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP) (Associated Press)

North Korea's ICBM warhead

Photographic analysis of North Korea's new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) reveals the nose cone of the nuclear-capable rocket appears similar to a suspected Chinese-supplied warhead for a Pakistani nuclear-capable missile. Published July 5, 2017

The proposed sale of a stake in 666 Fifth Ave., a Manhattan skyscraper owned by Kushner Cos., to the Chinese state-connected insurance company Anbang has officials in Beijing concerned about fallout. (Associated Press)

Beijing fears anti-China sentiment in U.S. from Mueller investigation

The political hysteria sweeping Washington over allegations of Russian meddling in the presidential election is reverberating in China. The communist government is worried that a similar wave of anti-China sentiment will take hold in the United States. Published June 21, 2017