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TI reports defense sector corruption

Transparency International has just released an analysis of defense corruption risks — the first of its kind for the defense sector.

The ‘Government Defense Anti-Corruption Index’ covers 82 countries accounting for 92% of worldwide defense spending. Each country was graded A to F.  Countries with an A grade, TI said, are at low risk for corruption and countries with an F grade are at critical risk.

Only Australia and Germany scored an A. Seventy percent of the survey countries were deemed to have a high to critical risk of corruption. Singapore scored a surprising D and Japan a C.

The report identifies five major corruption risks within the defense sector: political, personnel, procurement, finance and operations.

Within these categories, the report exposes corruption risks usually neglected by most governments. The sector is hard to police, TI said, because of the multiple government interactions in nearly all defense procurement deals, even small ones. Each interaction with the government creates opportunities for corruption.  

More information about Transparency International’s government defense anti-corruption index is here.

Download the full report here


Melanie Lansakara is a researcher for ethiXbase.

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