Our vision

A world where governments, the armed forces, and arms transfers are transparent, accountable, and free from corruption.

We strive for a world with open governments served by transparent defence institutions that are accountable to ordinary people and whose primary purpose is the protection of all citizens.

The defence industry supporting these institutions should provide capability based on clear national defence strategies in a fair and open market, and be held to account through effective and independent oversight mechanisms rooted in functioning civil societies and efficient government procurement.

Our principal purpose in pursuit of this vision is to improve transparency and reduce the levels of corruption in defence and security ministries, in armed forces, and in defence companies.

What we do

We fight defence corruption across three areas:

Accountable Defence Sectors

hold security forces in advanced and emerging powers to account

Conflict & Insecurity

prevent conflict and build stability by tackling corruption

Industry Integrity

remove corruption risks in the arms trade


We track the risk of defence corruption in governments and defence companies:

Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index

Defence Companies Anti-Corruption Index

For information about the 2019 version of the DCI please click here.

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Get involved

We work with governments, armed forces, defence companies, civil society organisations, academics and journalists.

If you're interested in working with us to improve transparency and accountability your defence organisation, please don't hesitate to us.