Peter J. Schifferle, Ph.D.
Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army (retired)
Professor of History
School of Advanced Military Studies
U.S. Army Command and General Staff College
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
Dr. Schifferle's FaceBook page shows a photo of him with a Halloween gravestone listing Clausewitz, Jomini and Schifferle! The gravestone was a gag gift from his SAMS students in 2001.
He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Armor Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the School of Advanced Military Studies. He holds Masters Degrees from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in German History, and the School of Advanced Military Studies in Theater Operations. He was awarded a Doctorate in American History from the University of Kansas in 2002.
Upon graduation from Reserve Officers Training Corps at Canisius College, Buffalo, New York, Schifferle was commissioned into the Armor Branch in 1976. Dr. Schifferle served in a variety of command and staff positions in both tank and armored cavalry units throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East and the Republic of Korea, including an assignment as the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment S4 during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Prior to his last assignment as Exercise Director, School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), U. S. Army Command and General Staff College, he served as Chief of Plans, V Corps in Heidelberg, Federal Republic of Germany. That assignment included supervision of staff planning for Task Force Eagle as both IFOR and SFOR in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1995 through 1997. After retirement in 2000, he was appointed the Director, Advanced Operational Art Studies Fellowship at SAMS.
Dr. Schifferle's awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star and multiple awards of the Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honor Society, the Society for Military History and the 3d U.S. Cavalry Regiment.
He is the author of America's School for War: Fort Leavenworth, Officer Education, and Victory in World War II, published by the University Press of Kansas in April 2010, several journal articles in Military Review and Armor, as well as numerous book reviews and history and military-affairs conference presentations.
Dr. Schifferle has been married for more than thirty-three years to the former Sandra Leigh Gould. They have one daughter, Rachel.