For the ministry itself, see Ministry of Defence.
Minister of Defense
Bundesminister für Landesverteidigung
Incumbent
Thomas Starlinger [de]

since 3 June 2019
Ministry of Defense
StyleMr. Federal minister
(formal)
Member ofFederal Government
Council of Ministers
National Security Council
SeatRossauer Barracks, Innere Stadt, Vienna
NominatorPolitical parties
AppointerThe President
on advice of the Chancellor
Constituting instrumentConstitution of Austria
Defense law
PrecursorImperial and Royal Minister of War
First holderJosef Mayer
in the first Republic (10 November 1920)
Ferdinand Graf
in the second Republic
Websitebundesheer.at (in English)
bundesheer.at (in German)

The Minister of Defense of Austria heads the Ministry of Defense.

First Austrian Republic

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term Political Party Government
Took office Left office[a] Duration
State Ministry for the Army
(Staatsamt für Heereswesen)
1
Mayer, JosefJosef Mayer [de]
(1877–1938)
30 October 191815 March 1919136 daysDNPRenner I
2
Deutsch, JuliusJulius Deutsch
(1884–1968)
15 March 191922 October 19201 year, 221 daysSDAPÖRenner II–III
Mayr I
3
Breisky, WalterWalter Breisky
(1871–1944)
22 October 192022 November 192029 daysCSMayr I
Federal Ministry for the Army
(Bundesministerium für Heereswesen)
4
Glanz, EgonEgon Glanz [de]
(1880–1945)
Beamter
22 November 19207 April 192129 daysNonpartisanMayr II
(3)
Breisky, WalterWalter Breisky
(1871–1944)
7 April 192128 April 192121 daysCSMayr II
5
Vaugoin, CarlCarl Vaugoin
(1873–1949)
28 April 19217 October 1921162 daysCSMayr II
Schober I
6
Wächter, JosefJosef Wächter [de]
(1866–1949)
Army officer
7 October 192131 May 1922236 daysNonpartisanSchober III
(5)
Vaugoin, CarlCarl Vaugoin*
(1873–1949)
31 May 192221 September 193311 years, 113 daysCSSeipel I–II–III
Ramek I–II
Seipel IV–V
Streeruwitz
Schober III
Vaugoin
Ender
Buresch I–II
Dollfuss I
7
Dollfuss, EngelbertEngelbert Dollfuss*
(1892–1934)
21 September 193312 March 1934172 daysCSDollfuss II
8
Schönburg, AloisAlois Schönburg-Hartenstein
(1858–1944)
Army officer
12 March 193410 July 1934120 daysNonpartisanDollfuss II
(7)
Dollfuss, EngelbertEngelbert Dollfuss*
(1892–1934)
10 July 193425 July 1934 †15 daysVFDollfuss II
9
Starhemberg, ErnstErnst Rüdiger Starhemberg
(1899–1956)
Acting
26 July 193429 July 19343 daysVFDollfuss II
Federal Ministry for National Defence
(Bundesministerium für Landesverteidigung)
10
Schuschnigg, KurtKurt Schuschnigg*
(1897–1977)
29 July 193411 March 19383 years, 225 daysVFSchuschnigg I–II–III–IV
11
Seyss, ArthurArthur Seyss-Inquart*
(1892–1946)
11 March 193813 March 19382 daysNSDAPSeyss-Inquart

* Partly as Chancellor or Vice-Chancellor.

Second Austrian Republic

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term Political Party Government
Took office Left office[a] Duration
Ministry for National Defence
No minister, section of the Federal Chancellory Ministry (Bundeskanzleramt)
Federal Ministry for National Defence
(Bundesministerium für Landesverteidigung)
1
Graf, FerdinandFerdinand Graf [de]
(1907–1969)
15 July 195611 April 19614 years, 270 daysÖVPRaab II–II–III
2
Schleinzer, KarlKarl Schleinzer [de]
(1924–1975)
11 April 19612 April 19642 years, 357 daysÖVPGorbach I–II
3
Prader, GeorgGeorg Prader [de]
(1917–1985)
2 April 196421 April 19706 years, 19 daysÖVPKlaus I–II
4
Freihsler, JohannBrigadier
Johann Freihsler [de]
(1917–1981)
21 April 19704 February 1971289 daysIndependentKreisky I
Kreisky, BrunoBruno Kreisky
(1911–1990)
Acting
4 February 19718 February 19714 daysSPÖKreisky I
5
Lütgendorf, KarlBrigadier
Karl Lütgendorf
(1914–1981)
8 February 197131 May 19776 years, 112 daysIndependentKreisky I–II–III
Kreisky, BrunoBruno Kreisky
(1911–1990)
Acting
31 May 19778 June 19778 daysSPÖKreisky III
6
Rösch, OttoOtto Rösch [de]
(1917–1995)
8 June 197721 May 19835 years, 347 daysSPÖKreisky III–II
7
Frischenschlager, FriedhelmFriedhelm Frischenschlager
(born 1943)
21 May 198312 May 19862 years, 356 daysFPÖSinowatz
8
Krünes, HelmutHelmut Krünes [de]
(born 1941)
12 May 198621 January 1987254 daysFPÖSinowatz
Vranitzky I
9
Lichal, RobertRobert Lichal
(born 1932)
21 January 19876 November 19903 years, 289 daysÖVPVranitzky II
Mock, AloisAlois Mock*
(1934–2017)
Acting
6 November 199017 December 199041 daysÖVPVranitzky II
10
Fasslabend, WernerWerner Fasslabend
(born 1944)
17 December 19904 February 20009 years, 49 daysÖVPVranitzky III–II–III
Klima
11
Scheibner, HerbertHerbert Scheibner [de]
(born 1963)
4 February 200028 February 20033 years, 24 daysFPÖSchüssel I
12
Platter, GüntherGünther Platter
(born 1954)
28 February 200311 January 20073 years, 317 daysÖVPSchüssel II
13
Darabos, NorbertNorbert Darabos
(born 1964)
11 January 200711 March 20136 years, 59 daysSPÖGusenbauer
Faymann I
Federal Ministry for National Defence and Sport
(Bundesministerium für Landesverteidigung und Sport)
14
Klug, GeraldGerald Klug
(born 1968)
11 March 201326 January 20162 years, 321 daysSPÖFaymann III
15
Doskozil, HansHans Peter Doskozil
(born 1970)
26 January 201618 December 20171 year, 326 daysSPÖFaymann II
Kern
16
Kunasek, MarioMario Kunasek
(born 1976)
18 December 20178 January 201821 daysFPÖKurz
Federal Ministry for National Defence
(Bundesministerium für Landesverteidigung)
16
Kunasek, MarioMario Kunasek
(born 1976)
8 January 201820 May 20191 year, 132 daysFPÖKurz
17
Luif, JohannLieutenant General
Johann Luif
(born 1959)
22 May 20193 June 201912 daysIndependentKurz
18
Starlinger, ThomasMajor General
Thomas Starlinger [de]
(born 1963)
3 June 2019Incumbent168 daysIndependentBierlein

*Entrusted with continuation of the ministry

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b Based on when the successor took office

References