January 27, 2005
Rear Admiral William D. Sullivan
Vice Director for Strategic Plans and Policy
The Joint Staff, Pentagon
Military Strategy for the War on
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
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.