Nuclear stalemate and its most recent manifestation, détente, have led the United States to adopt a policy of ''conflict avoidance" as the primary emphasis of our national strategy. In response, the Navy has given the presence role a far higher priority in its consideration of the four principal mission areas.
DeForth, Peter W.
"U.S. Naval Presence in the Persian Gulf: The Mideast Force Since World War II,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 28
, Article 6.
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