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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

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. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

No let-up in China nuclear weapons expansion, Stratcom general says

China is showing no let-up in the rapid expansion of its nuclear forces and now joins Russia in posing a dual threat to American strategic deterrence of a nuclear conflict, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command said Wednesday. Published August 16, 2023

Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) is underway off the coast of Japan near Mt. Fuji. Antietam is on patrol in the 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, Nov. 22, 2014. The U.S. Navy is sailing the USS Antietam and the USS Chancellorsville warships through the Taiwan Strait Sunday, in the first such transit publicized since US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan earlier in August, at a time where tensions have kept the waterway particularly busy. (Mass Communication Specialist Seaman David Flewellyn/U.S. Navy via AP)

Navy carrier strike group deployed near Taiwan

The aircraft carrier strike group led by the USS Ronald Reagan is deployed in waters off the east coast of Taiwan amid growing tensions with China over the recent U.S. visit by Taiwan's vice president, the U.S. Naval Institute reported this week. Published August 16, 2023

Avril Haines, director of National Intelligence, testifies during the Senate Armed Services hearing to examine worldwide threats, Thursday, May 4, 2023, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib)

Intelligence chief releases strategy urging sharper focus on China, Russia

The government's lead intelligence agencies are retooling to deal with rising threats posed by China and Russia while also adopting hiring policies aimed at making spy services more inclusive and diverse, according to a new strategy outline from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Published August 10, 2023

Air Force Lt. Gen. Gregory Guillot testifies during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing to examine his nomination to be appointed to the grade of general and to be top commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, Wednesday, July 26, 2023, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough)

Cyber, nuclear strikes target U.S. infrastructure

America's adversaries are preparing to conduct cyberattacks against critical U.S. infrastructure and could strike with nuclear missiles, the general tapped to be the next commander of the U.S. Northern Command is warning. Published August 2, 2023

Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang, listens during a press conference with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry, at the foreign ministry headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, on Jan. 15, 2023. China has removed outspoken foreign minister Qin Gang from office and replaced him with his predecessor, Wang Yi. In an announcement on Tuesday, July 25, 2023, state media gave no reason for Qin’s removal, but it comes after he dropped out of sight almost one month ago amid speculation over his personal affairs and political rivalries. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil) **FILE**

Outspoken Chinese foreign minister purged by Xi Jinping

China's government removed Foreign Minister Qin Gang from his post on Tuesday with no explanation following the minister's mysterious disappearance from public view last month, state media reported. Published July 25, 2023