This will be the last article of this series that discuss on procurement policy. As I had covered the topic rather extensively in the previous articles, this article will be shorter.
One of the least discussed functions of defence procurement is as a diplomatic tool. Often, war is quoted as the extension of diplomacy. But it is very seldom discussed that defence procurement itself is used as diplomatic tool.
The United States is apparently the pioneer in establishing their defence industry as part of their diplomatic tool. With their technological prowess, their equipment are sought by many countries.
Under the thinly veiled moral high ground of human rights, the US used these procurements to seek to control the regimes of their buyers.