The president of ISMS 2019 Brigadier General Dr. Wolfgang Peischel

Wolfgang Peischel completed his military education from 1982 to 1985, officer training at the Theresian Military Academy in Wiener Neustadt. From 1991 to 1994 he attended the 13th General Staff Course at the National Defense Academy in Vienna. In parallel, he began studying political science at the University of Vienna, which he completed in 1997. In 2015, he received his doctorate in military science from the National University of Public Service's Doctoral School of Military Sciences in Budapest with a thesis entitled Relations Between Functional Principles of Democracies and Their Armed Forces: An Analysis of Relevant Influencing Factors and Their Systemic Interdependence. His supervisor was András Ujj.

He is a senior teaching officer at the Austrian National Defense Academy.  Since 1999 he has been head of the independent unit for comprehensive national defense of the Department of Military Strategy. In 2001, he served as a colonel in the general staff of the Jaeger Regiment Vienna. In 2003 he became head of the structural and program planning group in the planning department of the Federal Ministry of Defense and Sport.

Since 2008 he has been editor-in-chief of the Austrian Military Journal.

Contact information (current president)

2018-2019: Austrian National Defence College, Vienna - Brigader General Dr. Wolfgang Peischel 

For routine enquiries, please contact the Secretary, Dr. David Last, at 

For continuity, the Secretary will normally  include the past and future presidents on any significant correspondence. The transition between presidencies occurs at the conclusion of the annual conference. 

Past Presidencies and Presidents

2017-2018:  War Studies University, Poland - Professor Ryszard Szpyra

2016-2017: Norwegian Defence University College, Norway - LtCol. Dr. Anders McD Sookermany

2015-2016: War Studies University, Poland - Professor Ryszard Szpyra

2014-2015: Finnish National Defence University, Finland - Professor Dr. Hannu H. Kari

2013-2014: Austrian National Defence College, Vienna - Brigader General Dr. Walter Feichtinger

2012-2013: Royal Danish Defence College, Copenhagen - Dr. Niels Bo Poulsen

2011-2012: Royal Military College of Canada - Professor Houchang Hassan-Yari

2010-2011: Baltic Defence College - Professor James Corum

2009-2010: Swedish National Defence College - Professor Dr. Maja Kirilova-Eriksson

2008-2009: Netherlands Defence Academy - Professor Alexander Bon 

Future Presidencies

2020-2021: Royal Military College of Canada

2019-2020: Finnish National Defence University, Finland