Strategic Command  Biography

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Director, Plans and Policy

Rear Admiral Paul F. Sullivan, is Director, Plans and Policy (J5), U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. He is responsible for integrating national security policy and military strategy into nuclear weapons employment plans, policy and guidance. His specific responsibilities include formulating Command positions on key national level policy including arms control, assessing and advocating requirements to support strategic deterrence, preparing and analyzing the development of our Nation's Single Integrated Operational Plan for employment of nuclear weapons, and supporting commanders for both regional operational plans and counterproliferation planning.

Admiral Sullivan graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1970. After attending basic submarine training and serving a short submarine tour, he commenced his graduate studies as a Burke Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceangraphic Institution. He graduated in 1975 with degrees in Ocean Engineer and Master of Science in Ocean Engineering. In 1994 he attended the National War College where he earned a Masters in National Security Strategy.

Assignments at sea have included the fleet diesel submarine, USS CAIMAN (SS 323), where he served as Supply Officer; various engineering division officer billets aboard USS DACE (SSN 607); Engineer Officers in USS GEORGE C. MARSHALL (SSBN 654); and Executive Officer in USS RICHARD D. RUSSELL (SSN 687). His command tours were USS BIRMINGHAM (SSN 695), homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and USS FLORIDA (SSBN 728)(BLUE), homeported in Bangor, Washington. While in command of USS BIRMINGHAM (SSN 695), RADM Sullivan was nominated as a Pacific Fleet finalist for the Admiral Stockdale leadership Award. As Commanding Officer of FLORIDA, his crew earned the Marjorie Sterret Battleship Fund Award of superior combat readiness in the Pacific Fleet. Other awards won by his crew were Best Pacific TRIDENT Crew Award, Silver Anchor Award for retention excellence, Tactical Readiness Examination Top Performer, and the Squadron Battle Efficiency, Engineering and Tactical Awards.

Shore assignments have included COMSUBDEVRON TWELVE as a member of the Tactical Analysis Group; COMSUBRON SEVENTEEN Deputy Commander for Training and Operations; and Deputy Director for Current Operations, Joint Staff in Washington DC.

Selected for Flag rank in 1996, he has since served as Commander, Submarine Group NINE from July 1996 through July 1998, where his principle responsibility was support of the Pacific Fleet TRIDENT missile submarine crews. He then served as the Director, Deep Submergence Branch (N873) on the OPNAV Staff from April 1998 until reporting as Director, Operations and Logistics, USSTRATCOM in July 1999. He assumed his current position in August 2000.

(Current as of August 2000)