COL Gail Yoshitani

COL Gail Yoshitani

Department Head

Biography


Colonel Gail E. S. Yoshitani is the Professor and Head of the Department of History at the United States Military Academy at West Point. After earning her PhD in military history from Duke University in 2008, she became a permanent member of the West Point faculty. Since 2008, she has returned to the operational force on two occasions to serve as an Army strategist. In 2011, she served as the Director of the Commander’s Initiatives Group, Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan; and, in 2015-16, she served as a Fellow on the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Strategic Studies Group in Washington, DC. She is the author of Reagan on War: A Reappraisal of the Weinberger Doctrine, 1980-1984 and co-editor of The West Point History of Warfare, Vol. 4, Warfare since 1945, which won the Society for Military History and George C. Marshall Foundation Prize for the Use of Digital Technology in Teaching Military History.

Ongoing Research Projects


“Latin Vietnamerica: How the Vietnam Experience Shaped American Latin American Policy in 1981.”

Publications & Presentations


“Principled Realism in the Reagan Administration,” in Policy Roundtable: Does Reagan’s Foreign Policy Legacy Live On? Texas National Security Review, Chaired by Evan McCormick, 9 October 2018.

The Character of Warfare 2030 to 2050: Technological Change, the International System, and the State, Arlington, VA: Chief of Staff of the Army’s Strategic Studies Group, 2016.

The West Point History of Warfare, vol. 4 (Warfare since 1945), co-edited with Clifford J. Rogers. [A 14-chapter history of recent warfare with 11 authors, created for iPad interactive format.]  New York: Rowan Technology Solutions, Beta release 2014; Version 1.0 release 2015.  

“Overcoming Inertia through Simulation: U.S. Transportation Command.” In Stand Up and Fight: The Creation of U.S. Security Organizations, 1942-2005, edited by James Seidule and Jacqueline Whitt.  Carlisle Barracks, PA: The U.S. Army War College Press, 2015.      

“The Superpowers in the Cold War,” in The West Point History of Warfare, edited by Clifford J. Rogers and Ty Seidule, vol. 4, Warfare since 1945, edited by Clifford J. Rogers and Gail Yoshitani.  New York: Rowan Technology Solutions, Beta release 2014; Version 10.0 release 2015).  

Reagan on War: A Reappraisal of the Weinberger Doctrine, 1980-1984.  College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2012.