Procurement: Mister Chavez Goes To Iran

Archives

May 15, 2006: The Venezuelan government is negotiating a weapons procurement contract with Iran that will run for five years and involve about $100 million in purchases a year. Given Venezuela's already extensive weapons procurement agreements with Russia, Spain, and other countries, it seems unlikely that either the country's armed forces nor the "Bolivarian Militia" will be able to absorb the enormous amount of equipment effectively, particularly given the lack of standardization. President Hugo Chavez seems more intent on making allies with as many nations, that don't get along with the United States, as possible. This kind of diplomatic theater is expensive, as Chavez likes to use his oil money to get attention and buy friends. But for many impoverished Venezuelans, who form the base of Chavez's support, these spendthrift theatrics are increasingly unpopular.

 


Article Archive

Procurement: Current 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 


X

ad
0
20

Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close