Života Panić

Života Panić
Born 3 November 1933
Gornja Crnišava, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Died 19 November 2003(2003-11-19) (aged 70)
Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro
Allegiance  Yugoslavia
 FR Yugoslavia
Service/branch Yugoslav People's Army (to 1992)
Yugoslav Army (to 1993)
Years of service 1952–1993
Rank Colonel General
Battles/wars Yugoslav wars

Života Panić (Serbian Cyrillic: Живота Панић; 3 November 1933 – 19 November 2003) was the last acting Minister of Defense and Army Chief of Staff in the Yugoslav government.

Panić held the rank of General, he was in charge of the Yugoslav people's army after the resignation of general Blagoje Adžić in 1992. Panić was in office from 1992 until 1993 (in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) through the dissolution of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. In 1993, he was sacked for scandals relating to his son, Goran, who was supplying the army at supposed inflated prices.

Panić graduated from Yugoslavian military school as a tank commander and gradually rose through the ranks of the Yugoslav People's Army through the 1970s and 1980s. He was given authority over the 1st Army District (Belgrade) and was the senior officer in charge of the units which fought in the battle of Vukovar. With the dissolution of Yugoslavia, on 27 April 1992 Panić was offered a position of chief of staff in the new Yugoslav Army. Panić began to re-align the Yugoslav army in 1993 with new battle-plans and strategies, but was not prepared for the political power struggles that were occurring in Belgrade at the time and retired.


Panić died in Belgrade on 19 November 2003, shortly after his 70th birthday.

Military offices
Preceded by
Blagoje Adžić
Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Chief of the General Staff of the Yugoslav Army

8 May 1992 26 August 1993¹
Succeeded by
Momčilo Perišić
Political offices
Preceded by
Blagoje Adžić
Federal Secretary of People's Defense of Yugoslavia

8 May 1992 20 May 1992
Succeeded by
Position abolished
Notes and references
1. Army transformed 20 May 1992

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