Walter Feichtinger is Brigadier with the Ministry of Defense, and since 2002 has been the Director of the Institute for Peacekeeping and Conflict Management at the National Defense Academy. In addition to his membership in the Scientific Commission of the Ministry of National Defense, he has represented national and international scientific institutions. After graduating the Theresian Military Academy in 1979, Feichtinger was an officer in various functions in lower Austria. He completed his studies of political science and journalism in 1998. In 2001 and 2002 Feichtinger worked as a security and defense policy consultant in the Federal Chancellor's Office.