The Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of State have jointly appointed
retired Major General John Sewall as special advisor to the Secretary of State
on military issues related to Bosnian Federation affairs.
General Sewall will advise and assist the Departments of State and Defense on
military issues pertaining to the Federation, including the integration of
Bosniac and Bosnian Croat forces within the framework of multi-ethnic democracy
in Bosnia Herzegovina and U.N. Security Council Resolution 713 (the arms
embargo). General Sewall will make his first trip to the region this month to
consult with civilian and military officials.
As Senior Fellow, and Vice Director, at the Institute for National Strategic
Studies, National Defense University, Sewall is a specialist in European
security issues and architecture, with a focus on the future relevance of NATO
and future missions and structure of U.S. forces in Europe. He also analyzes
peace operations and implications for U.S. forces operating under either
UN-authorized or UN-directed mandates.
General Sewall's 33-year career in the U.S. Army involved troop command and
staff assignments with the 82nd Airborne Division, the 9th Infantry Division in
the Republic of Vietnam, and the 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized) in Germany.
High level staff assignments in strategy, plans, and policy in the Secretary of
Defense's office, the Army staff, SHAPE and the Joint Staff in the Pentagon
completed his career. As Vice Director, J-5, he participated in the planning
for combat operations in Panama (Just Cause) and the Persian Gulf (Desert