Website Transparency

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The websites of defense ministries present timely information on a state's latest defense developments. We judged the comprehensiveness of a state's website content by looking at its coverage of policy documents, laws and regulations, and information on current operations, including leaders' views of the threat environment. Accessibility and availability in English was also assessed.

To initially determine the categories used to measure website transparency, in 2011 we not only looked at the websites of the countries in the index but also half a dozen other Western and non-Western states to determine international best practices. These other countries were Brazil, India, Italy, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Using these websites, Forty-seven categories of information were identified and used as benchmarks of website transparency.