This section provides guidance on how to incorporate anti-corruption storylines and objectives into military exercises, in order to effectively train forces on how to act when encountering corruption issues on mission.

Why Corruption Should be Part of Military Training

Experience from previous stabilisation and security assistance operations tells us not only that corruption can be a very serious threat to mission goals, but also that without preparation, it is likely to go unnoticed until after it has begun to pose an immediate threat to the international forces. By then, it can be too late to prevent key corrupt networks from using the resources brought by international troops to consolidate their reach and influence. In a high-intensity operational environment, it will also be challenging to change established approaches, incorporate new tools, and secure relevant expertise.

Exercising Corruption: The How-To Guide

Suggestions for Evaluators

The following outcomes include sample responses to corruption issues in the exercise scenario and suggest possible responses exercise evaluators could look for.

Incorporating corruption: storyline examples

The following storylines can be utilised in all types of missions, from crisis management to peacekeeping operations to NATO Article V exercises and internal operations. For internal operations, ‘mission forces’ should be replaced with ‘state forces’.

While it is often the inclination to set corruption and governance issues aside in exercises simulating high-intensity operations, they should not be disregarded as high-intensity operations can allow corrupt networks time to gel and opportunity to draw profits. Where possible and warranted by risks, mitigating corruption should be part of the operational design for every mission.

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