Slogan or Strategy?

Ullman, Harlan
June 2006
National Interest;Summer2006, Issue 84, p43
This article contends that the theoretical and intellectual construct of the concept "shock and awe" should be tested and evaluated through war games, seminars and then operational tests. It explains that because of the widespread misuse of the term, this article explains the original intent and application of shock and awe. And despite the hype, it shows how shock and awe were never inherent in the planning of Operation Iraqi Freedom contrary to media reports. Finally, this article takes an abbreviated look at the future to determine where and whether shock and awe have any applications beyond conventional war.


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