Admiral Timothy Sullivan

Deputy Commander, Pacific Area Coast Guard Defense Forces West, United States Coast Guard

Admiral Timothy Sullivan is the current CEO of Cutterman LLC consulting. He assists companies and governments in maritime leadership and human performance cycle management, maritime and environmental operations, crisis management and communications, and improving strategic partnerships. His recent work includes the development and implementation of the maritime security strategy for the country of Jordan as well as being responsible for the development and execution of table top exercises to assist with its implementation. He was also the leader of a multi-month effort in writing maritime homeland security plans for the Port of Houston, the refurbishment project leader for the SS UNITED STATES for Crystal cruises, maritime homeland security work for the State Department in Jordan, Maldives, Columbia, Trinidad, Kenya and Cyprus as well as for the Dept of Defense in the Philippines, Indonesia, China, Ghana, Kenya and Vietnam. He is also a senior project mgr/consultant- with Amergent Techs working as micro-plastic particle pollution assessment project manager, doing Waterway Suitability Assessments for LNG & port development projects including activation & permitting of new marine terminals. He is on the Board of Advisers as well as being an Instructor at UCLA Homeland Security & Emergency Management Program through Anderson School of Management.

Rear Admiral Timothy Sullivan has recently completed a 36 year career with the U.S. Coast Guard. He was formerly head of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Force Readiness Command (FORCECOM,) whose mission was simply to “prepare the Coast Guard’s total workforce.” FORCECOM is a large and dynamic training and performance command, consisting of over 2600 field positions and 100 staff who are responsible for delivering operational and mission support training and assessment, as well as promoting and ensuring force interoperability and standardization through published doctrine and exercise support. As head of FORCECOM, Sullivan oversaw a $300M budget encompassing 7 large training centers & 8 subordinate units which operated 800 individual courses for 42,000 students per year. Concurrently he stayed well grounded in operations, serving as the Deputy for the Coast Guard Pacific Area in charge of all operations in the entire Pacific Theatre. Prior to standing up FORCECOM, he was Commander, Maintenance and Logistics Command Pacific. He has also served as the First Coast Guard District Commander as well as the Senior Military Advisor to the Secretary of Homeland Security serving as the primary coordinator between the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security as well as operational advisor to the Secretary during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Prior to becoming a flag officer, Rear Admiral Sullivan served as PACAREA, Eleventh Coast Guard District Chief of Staff. He was in command of Group San Francisco during the 9/11 national crisis; in charge of all operations in Northern California.

His shipboard commands included the Coast Guard Cutter MALLOW in Honolulu, and the Coast Guard Cutter JUNIPER, homeported in Newport, RI, where he had the distinction of being the first “Plankowner” Commanding Officer of the class.

A native of Milwaukee, Rear Admiral Timothy Sullivan graduated from the Coast Guard Academy and earned a Masters Degree in Communication Arts / Public Affairs from Cornell University. He is also a graduate of Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government Senior Executive National and International Security Program. He holds a current Top Secret Clearance.

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