Northeast Asia Defense Transparency Index Results, 2013–2014

Index Results chart

 

2013–14 Total

2013–14 Rank

Trend

Japan

0.783

1

United States

0.782

2

ROK

0.696

3

Russia

0.483

4

PRC

0.409

5

DPRK

0.006

6

Highlights

We observed a slight overall decline in defense transparency indicators for Northeast Asia. Performance in UN reporting by countries in the region improved, but media independence and transparency in cyber and international military activities largely declined across the region.

Japan retained its position at the top of the index by the narrowest of margins, followed by the United States, the Republic of Korea (ROK), Russia, China, and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). Only China posted an improvement from its score in the 2012 DTI, while Japan, the ROK, Russia, and the Untied States saw their scores reduced. The DPRK’s score remained virtually unchanged at the bottom of the Index.

We introduced several important new components to strengthen the DTI, including a section in the Budget indicator focused on the accuracy and openness of defense budgeting, and sections in the International Activities and Cyber Activities indicators addressing consistency with declared strategic intentions in light of significant recent events.

Resources

2013–14 Defense Transparency Index data [Excel file] [link to DTIdata.xls]
2013–14 Defense Transparency Index Overview [.ppt] [link to DTIpowerpoint.ppt]