Reduce corruption risks in the defense and security sector and foster its transparency and accountability to the public.



Activity in this sector is implemented by the National Defense Anti-Corruption Committee (NAKO). It is a non-governmental agency created by Ukrainian activists and international experts for corruption counteraction in the sector of defense and security. The NAKO assesses corruption risks, provides recommendations to the government and international partners on reducing the level of corruption and supports reforms that bring Ukraine closer to Euro-Atlantic standards. It also performs public oversight in the sector of anti-corruption transformations of national defense agencies. The NAKO is a joint initiative of the Anti-Corruption program in the security and defense sector of Transparency International Defense & Security (UK) and Transparency International Ukraine, and is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden.

Research and Analytical Work

The NAKO regularly prepares research of various corruption risks in the security and defense sector as well as specific recommendations how to reduce them by increasing the system’s transparency. 

Advocacy of Legislative Reforms

The NAKO initiates and joins expert groups that develop legislative initiatives on reduction of the level of corruption in the sector of defense and security and its alignment with the Euro-Atlantic standards. 

The Committee works with a number of partners, including the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine and other public agencies, Reforms Project Office, MPs, NATO Liaison Office (NLO) Ukraine, European Union Advisory Mission (EUAM) Ukraine, colleagues from the expert community (including RPR, CIDS), embassies of Western countries, civil society organizations and activists working in the sector of defense and security etc. 

The NAKO provides support to the process of initiatives from the stage of proposal to passage of the law as well as carries out civic oversight and monitoring of anti-corruption transformations in the sector of defense and security.

Educational Activity

The NAKO delivers anti-corruption lectures for military servants as part of the BITEC initiative (Training Center for Building Integrity) which is a partner of the NAKO. The initiative aims at providing training to personnel of the defense and security sector on building integrity and to teach them research techniques to identify corruption. The lectures take place in the Ivan Chernyakhovsky National Defense University of Ukraine.

NAKO Members:

Volodymyr Ogryzko, co-chair

Oleh Rybachuk, member

Sevgil Musaieva, member

Drago Kos, member

Timothy Evans, member

James Wasserstrom, co-chair


We hope that the clear alignment of most current politicians with the EU and the NATO will encourage them to update the legislation connected with state secret and transparency of the defense budget, defense procurement and state defense order, on democratic civic control over the military organization and law enforcement agencies in this country.

Olena Tregub, Secretary General of the NAKO

NAKO Secretariat
Secretary General of the Independent Defence Anti-Corruption Committee

The NAKO has established active cooperation with key stakeholders of the security and defense sector, including the Ministry of Defense and state-owned defense enterprises. The Committee has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with the MoD and is currently part of 4 working groups under the MoD.

The NAKO’s recommendations have been included to the Annual National Program of NATO-Ukraine cooperation for 2017 and 2018. 

Thanks to the NAKO’s insistent intervention, the Supervisory Board of Ukroboronprom has started its work again and independent international audit of the concern has been announced, which will help to identify weak spots and corruption risks in Ukroboronprom. 

The NAKO has identified a potential conflict of interest in procurement of 100 evacuation vehicles “Bohdan.” The procurement of the second batch of problematic vehicles has been suspended.

Thanks to the NAKO’s expertise and support, the centralized medical procurement system in the Armed Forces of Ukraine has been changed to a decentralized one, the reform is ongoing. 

The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine will procure tens of thousands of first aid kits in accordance with technical requirements developed by the NAKO.