Counterforce and Countervalue
Debates of counter-value and counter-force strategies occurred as a conceptual differentiation of Flexible Response . In considerations of Countervalue and Counterforce Strategies targets were divided into two categories. The Countervalue Strategy targets the population of the opponent, while the Counterforce Strategy targets the opponent's military-industrial infra-structure. The idea was that counterforce targeting could give the adversary the incentive to not strike American cities. Countervalue was, however, thought of as the true deterrence which would be accomplished with a secure second-strike capability (assured destruction).
In combination with the Triad Doctrine different strategic forces would be assigned different