During the period from 1946 through 1982 US military forces were postured some 259 times as a political instrument in support of national policy. In over 80 percent of these instances, naval forces were employed. In examining these naval operations a number of problems were quickly identified.
Arnott, Ralph E. and Gaffney, William A.
"Naval Presence: Sizing the Force,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 38
, Article 4.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol38/iss2/4