The American policy switch from confrontation to negotiation can be characterized as a policy of conflict avoidance. Such a policy demands that U.S. military capabilities be directed toward the deterrence of conflict not only in the strategic nuclear, but at lesser levels of conventional conflict as well.
McNulty, James F.
"Naval Presence—The Misunderstood Mission,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 27
, Article 4.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol27/iss5/4