Defence policy experts discuss a security matter on a smartboard.

Defence Policy


Austria's defence policy is an integral element of the national comprehensive security provision. It works together with foreign policy and national security policy to guarantee full state sovereignty and integrity within the framework of national military defence. Defence Policy additionally sets out to protect constitutional institutions, critical infrastructure, and the population, including the area of disaster relief. It supports the state's ability to act in crisis situations of strategic proportions, to make solidarity-based contributions to international crisis management and to make a military solidarity contribution to the security policy action within the EU.

The Austrian Armed Forces therefore continuously observe and analyse the situation around Austria and Europe in order to be able to counter the risks with appropriate matters.

For defence policy advice to the Federal Minister of Defence, the Chief of the General Staff and other departments, the General Directorate for Defence has been set up.

Defence policy in national security policy

The goals of national security policy are written in the "Austrian Security Strategy" of 2013. This strategy is based on the following principles:

Comprehensive security comprises external and internal as well as civil and military aspects of security, which are closely interlinked and must therefore be dealt in an integrated manner.

Integrated security must pay attention to a division of tasks between the state and non-state actors involved: security is to be understood as an interlinked package. Proactive security policy means working towards preventing threats from arising in the first place.

Solidarity-based security policy takes into account the fact that the security of neutral Austria and the EU are today largely interconnected.

Due to the war in Ukraine and the general global climate, a new national security strategy is currently being developed.

Austrian security policy encompasses all measures at national, European and international level to actively shape a security-relevant situation that is advantageous for Austria and its population as well as the European Union (EU) as a whole. Within the framework of "comprehensive security provision", it comprises nationwide measures for the active realisation of Austria's ambition.

Defence policy in the context of International Relations

Defence policy is the military component of comprehensive security provision within the framework of national security policy. It is closely linked to foreign policy and domestic security policy.

The Austrian Armed Forces respond to global trends

Due to the volatile geopolitical security situation, cooperation with partners within the EU and beyond will continue to be of great importance in the future. The strategists of the Austrian Ministry of Defence and the Austrian Armed Forces are therefore already looking far beyond the borders of our country and analysing global developments.


General Directorate for Defence Policy
Rossauer Laende 1
1090 Vienna

In order to offer you a user-friendly website, we use cookies. If you click on "accept", you agree to the storage of cookies on your device. Click on "configure" to accept or reject certain cookies. Details on the processing of the data can be found in our data protection declaration.

You can configure cookie settings here. By clicking the checkboxes you accept the use of these cookies.

These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off.

Click here to accept multimedia and tracking cookies.

It is possible that video platforms on which embedded videos are located write cookies. If you click here, such videos can be played.

We track with Matomo. With your consent, we use the open source software Matomo to analyze and statistically evaluate the use of the website. Cookies are used for this. The information obtained about website usage is transmitted exclusively to our server and summarized in pseudonymous usage profiles. We use the data to evaluate the use of the website. The data collected will not be passed on to third parties. The IP addresses are anonymized (IP masking) so that they cannot be assigned to individual users. The data is processed on the basis of the Datenschutzgrundverordnung. We are thus pursuing our legitimate interest in optimizing our website for our external presentation. You can withdraw your consent at any time by deleting the cookies in your browser or by changing your privacy settings.

This website uses Google Maps to display map information. When using Google Maps, Google also processes and uses data on the use of its Maps functions by visitors of this website. For more information about data processing by Google, see Google's privacy policy on There you can also change your settings in the data protection center so that you can manage and protect your data.

It is possible that photo platforms on which embedded photos are located write cookies. If you click here, such photos can be played.