Rear Admiral Sullivan is the Vice Director for Strategic Plans and Policy on the Joint Staff, responsible for the formulation of joint strategic plans, documents, and studies on current and future military strategy and for international negotiations.
A 1972 graduate of Florida State University, Rear Admiral Sullivan received his commission following completion of Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I.
Rear Adm. Sullivan has served at sea in a variety of surface combatants and Battle Group staff assignments. He commanded the guided missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 10) during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and the Aegis guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) during combat operations in the Persian Gulf.
Ashore, Rear Adm. Sullivan has served in a variety of staff assignments including a previous tour on the Joint Staff in the Directorate for Operations. As a Flag Officer, he commanded U.S. Naval Forces, Korea, from September 1999 to September 2001. He was then assigned to the U.S. Pacific Command as Director for Strategy and Plans from September 2001 to June 2003.
Rear Adm. Sullivan earned a Masters Degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University in 1990 and a Masters Degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College in 1994.
Updated: 25 August 2003