Does the public trust the institutions of defence and security to tackle the issue of bribery and corruption in their establishments?
United States score: NS/100
The public view the defence establishment as entirely indifferent to corruption within it, or as clearly corrupt, without the political will to tackle the problem.
The public view is that bribery and corruption are not, according to official rhetoric, acceptable to the defence establishment, but there is a widely-held belief that this is just that: rhetoric, and not seriously intended.
The public view is that bribery and corruption, though not acceptable to the defence establishment, is insufficiently addressed by the measures in place to tackle the problem.
This indicator is not scored. Please discuss conditions in the country context related to good practice (Score 4).
The public view is that there is a clear commitment from the defence establishment that bribery and corruption are not acceptable and must be prosecuted, and that their efforts to tackle the problem are sincere and effective.
This indicator is not assigned a score in the GDI. According to the Pew Research Center 2018 survey on ‘The Public, the Political System and American Democracy’, 80% of the surveyed sample said they have either a ‘great deal’ or a ‘fair amount’ of confidence in the military to act in the best interests of the public . In a similar survey on ‘Confidence in Institutions’ in 2018, 74% of respondents either have a ‘great deal’ or ‘quite a lot’ of confidence in the military . With regard to public perceptions of corruption, however, a 2017 survey reveals that nearly 70% of the public believe that the government is doing a bad job at combatting corruption . According to the same survey, nearly 6 in 10 people believe that the level of corruption rose between 2016 and 2017 .
In the 2020 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), the US achieved its lowest score on the index since 2012. The CPI cited the Trump administration’s attack on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, attacks on whistleblowers and the firing of the inspectors general of the Intelligence Committee and the DoD (amongst others), as well as the President’s rejection of election results and incitement to violence, as actions that undermined anti-corruption efforts . Further, the 2020 National Defense Survey produced by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation revealed diminishing trust and confidence in the US miltary, falling 14 percentage points (from 70% to 56%) since 2018 .
 Pew Research Center. 2018. ‘The Public, the Political System and American Democracy’. Accessed 18 June 2019 at: https://www.people-press.org/2018/04/26/the-public-the-political-system-and-american-democracy/
 Gallup. 2018. ‘Confidence in Institutions’. Accessed 18 June 2019 at: https://news.gallup.com/poll/1597/confidence-institutions.aspx
 Transparency International. 12 December 2017. ‘Corruption in the USA: The Difference A Year Makes’. Accessed at: https://www.transparency.org/news/feature/corruption_in_the_usa_the_difference_a_year_makes
 Transparency International. 28 January 2021. ‘CPI 2020: Americas’. Accessed 10 February 2021 at: https://www.transparency.org/en/news/cpi-2020-americas
 Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. 10 March 2021. ‘Latest Reagan National Defense Survey Shows Declining Confidence in U.S. Military But Broad Support for American Leadership in the World’. Accessed at: https://www.reaganfoundation.org/media/356703/reagan-institute-march-2021-defense-survey-press-release.pdf
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