Army General Throughout his military career, Luís Valença Pinto has been Chief of Staff for the Armed Forces, Chief of Staff for the Army, Head of the Instituto de Defesa Nacional, National Representative to Allied Headquarters (NATO) and Counselor to the Portuguese Delegation in NATO. He also lectured Strategy and Geopolitics at Instituto de Altos Estudos Militares
He began his academic career after retiring from military service. Currently, he is a lecturer at Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa and researcher at OBSERVARE (UAL), and a lecturer at Instituto de Estudos Políticos, Portuguese Catholic University, as well as a member of their research centre CIEP.
He has published more than half a dozen book chapters and papers on Security and Defence and regularly participates in conferences, both in Portugal and abroad.