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MAJOR GENERAL WILIAM A. STOFFT is the Commandant of the U.S. Army War College. He graduated from the State University of South Dakota in 1959, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in History education and a commission in Armor. He also holds a Master of Arts Degree in History from New York University and has completed the program for Senior Executives in National and International Security at Harvard University. His military education includes the Armor Basic and Advanced Courses, the Airborne Course, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College. He is the coeditor of the book, America’s First Battles, 1776-1965, Kansas University Press. His early career included such assignments as company command at Ft. Hood, Texas; deputy province senior adviser, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam; assistant professor of history, U.S. Military Academy; and instructor in the Department of Strategy, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. His later assignments were as Commander, 16th Training Battalion, Ft. Knox, Kentucky; Director, Combat Studies Institute, and then Assistant Deputy Commandant at the Command and General Staff College. In March 1985 he was selected for Brigadier General and appointed the Chief of Military History on the General Staff in Washington, DC, a position he held until July 1989. For the next two years General Stofft was the Army’s Director of Management in the Office of the Chief of Staff. His tenure as Commandant of the U.S. Army War Colelge began in August 1991.
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Authored by Major General William A. Stofft, Dr. Gary L. Guertner.
Ethnic conflict is an ascendant phenomenon replacing ideology as a social force most likely to promote violence and regional instability. The ferocity of ethnic violence and its potential for escalation increase the political pressures for U.S. leadership and collective engagement. The U.S. Army has a direct interest in ethnic-based conflicts because land power is the dominant means for intervention through coalition peacekeeping and peace-enforcement operations.