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 Shock and awe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The military operation named "Shock and Awe" signaled the beginning of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Rapid Dominance and Shock and Awe, they write, may become a "revolutionary change" as the United States military is reduced in size and information technology is increasingly integrated into warfare.
Shock and Awe is most consistently used by Ullman and Wade as the effect which Rapid Dominance seeks to impose upon an adversary.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Shock_and_awe   (1498 words)

 NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Shock and awe   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Shock and Awe is a military doctrine and a method of unconventional warfare that attempts to destroy an adversary's will to fight through spectacular displays of power.
Some authors have claimed that the use of uranium weaponry during blitz-like attacks such as shock and awe and the military blitz of the February, 1991 Gulf War has contaminated the genome of exposed troops and civilians, and their families, and has contaminated air over the European continent with brief concentrations of uranium compounds.
The pronunciation of the phrase "shock and awe" bears some resemblance to the pronunciation of the Hebrew word "Shekhinah" which means, "the glory or radiance of God".
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Shock-and-awe   (3225 words)

 Shock And Awe   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
We’ve heard of the West’s use of shock and awe tactics in the killing fields of Iraq; the murder of Jean Charles was its application in a London setting.
The expectation that most Iraqi forces would capitulate after the shock and awe campaign appeared to have been discredited when, during the second week of the invasion, coalition forces met stiff resitance from irregular infantry units in many cities of southern Iraq.
The magnitude of "shock and awe" that the Rapid Dominance doctrine seeks to impose is the (non-nuclear) equivalent of the impact that some claim the atomic weapons dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki had on the Japanese at the end of World War II.
www.wikiverse.org /shock-and-awe   (2151 words)

 Chapter 2 - Shock and Awe
Above all, Shock and Awe are imposed instantly and the mechanism or target is deprivation of the senses.
It is based on imposing Shock and Awe through a show of force and indeed through deception, misinformation, and disinformation and is different from the U.S. intervention in Haiti in 1995.
Shock and Awe are therefore not immediate either in application or in producing the end result.
www.globalsecurity.org /military/library/report/1996/shock-n-awe_ch2.html   (4514 words)

 USATODAY.com - 'Shock and awe' misunderstood   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Shock and awe made its debut last month at the start of the second war against Iraq, although in a different incarnation from what we envisioned.
Shock and awe's overarching goal is to render an adversary defenseless and force it to surrender.
At this stage in Iraq, however, shock and awe have not forced a rapid victory or destroyed the resistance of the enemy regime.
www.usatoday.com /news/opinion/editorials/2003-04-07-ullman_x.htm   (994 words)

 Shock and Awe: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Shock and Awe is a military doctrine military doctrine quick summary:
Shock and Awe met significant criticism from both military and civilian sectors.
Shock and awe syle warfare also seems to be less effective against an extended insurgency than it is against an enemy's military.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/s/sh/shock_and_awe.htm   (3227 words)

 Shock & Awe: Is Baghdad the Next Hiroshima?
He calls it “rapid dominance,” or “shock and awe.” The idea is to scare the enemy to death.
Ullman recently wrote that one way to “shock and awe” Saddam is to remind him that the U.S. has “certain weapons” that can destroy deeply buried facilities.
If all this leaves you in shock and awe, you have had your vision raised several levels too.
www.commondreams.org /views03/0127-08.htm   (901 words)

 "SHOCK AND AWE" STRATEGY ANALYSIS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The so-called shock and awe or rapid dominance technique of using overwhelming force in a compressed time frame and at targeted areas is designed to make surrender very attractive to the enemy.
Shock and awe bypasses the need for the US military to fight their way on the ground through the depths of the Iraqi army.
Ullman says shock and awe and its use of targeted, finely orchestrated attacks on specific military targets is the way to take out the enemy leadership, which can lead to an early, relatively bloodless victory.
www.iraqcrisisbulletin.com /archives/032203/html/_shock_and_awe__strategy_analy.html   (1265 words)

 Shock and awe - SourceWatch
"Shock and awe" is the term the Bush administration uses for its massive hi-tech air strikes on the Iraqis (http://www.sacbee.com/content/politics/story/6320960p-7274356c.html).
In January 2003, as the Bush administration moved toward war with Iraq, Shock and Awe author Harlan K. Ullman again invoked the example of Hiroshima as he explained the concept to CBS News.
Upon the onset of actual war, however, military and media pundits have depicted "shock and awe" in sanitary terms, claiming that the high accuracy of laser-guided "smart bombs" makes it possible to decapitate the Iraqi command and control structure while leaving the country's infrastructure intact and limiting civilian casualties.
www.sourcewatch.org /index.php?title=Shock_and_awe   (772 words)

 Asia Times
"The 'shock and awe' operation, a massive barrage of bombardment launched at the beginning of the war on Iraq, is said to have been derived from Sun Tzu's military strategy," states the commentary, titled "The misapplication of Sun Tzu's strategy".
According to available reports, the "shock and awe" campaign demanded that by the end of the first two days, close to 800 Tomahawk cruise missiles would have hit the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
On Saturday, Ullman told Canada's National Post newspaper that the previously untested "shock and awe" military strategy was "being inaugurated in Iraq in its most extreme form, at a level of intimidation on par with the 1945 nuclear attack on Japan" - also carried out by the United States.
www.atimes.com /atimes/Middle_East/ED02Ak02.html   (959 words)

 Perspective: In wartime 'shock and awe' leaves little doubt
Asked about "a battle plan called shock and awe" that would make it unsafe to be anywhere in Baghdad, Ari Fleischer, while not saying there was one, told reporters on Feb. 19 that it would be unfair to conclude that the Pentagon would not protect innocent lives.
Harlan Ullman devised the theory of shock and awe.
Those in the antiwar movement might be surprised to hear the author of Shock and Awe expressing concern for the continued supply of electricity in Baghdad.
www.sptimes.com /2003/03/02/Perspective/In_wartime__shock_and.shtml   (1157 words)

 Meet Mr. "Shock and Awe." By Timothy Noah   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Shock and Awe," is distancing himself from the battle plan as well.
Disoriented by the resulting havoc, the enemy would quickly be "shocked" and "awed" into surrender, and casualties would be kept to a minimum.
The prewar talk about "shock and awe" by administration officials was…unhelpful..And I remain confused about why Iraqi television facilities were not struck until several days into the war…But Ullman…oversells the potential impact of air power, specifically against dispersed forces.
slate.msn.com /id/2081008   (1321 words)

 'Shock and Awe': Terror Bombing, From Wells and Russell to Cheney
The "shock and awe" authors are explicit that their objective is psychological—to destroy an adversary's will to resist the power of the United States; not simply to destroy his military capability.
Theoretically, the magnitude of Shock and Awe Rapid Dominance seeks to impose (in extreme cases), is the non-nuclear equivalent of the impact that the atomic weapons dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki had on the Japanese.
The proper context in which to examine the "Shock and Awe" policy/strategy paper, is as an implementation of the "Cheney Doctrine"—so-called for its elaboration in the draft "Defense Policy Guidance" produced in 1990-92 Under the supervision of then-Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney.
www.larouchepub.com /other/2003/3042shock_awe_wwii.html   (10086 words)

 shock absorber - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about shock absorber
In technology, any device for absorbing the shock of sudden jarring actions or movements.
Shock absorbers are used in conjunction with coil springs in most motor-vehicle suspension systems and are usually of the telescopic type, consisting of a piston in an oil-filled cylinder.
This information should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional.
encyclopedia.farlex.com /shock+absorber   (118 words)

 Turns of Phrase: Shock and Awe
Shock and Awe is not about destruction but about power.
Their book argued that “The ability to shock and awe rests ultimately in the ability to frighten, scare, intimidate and disarm”.
Washington’s assessment that a “shock and awe” bombing campaign would crumble the Iraqi regime’s morale, or even kill its leaders in the first round, has not so far proved correct.
www.worldwidewords.org /turnsofphrase/tp-sho1.htm   (301 words)

 Shock and Awe
The treatise, Shock and Awe is crudely written, exhibits a juvenile grasp of history, liberally using stock phrases and clichés to cover over its lack of substantive thought.
That the policies advocated by Shock and Awe were central to the American strategy for fighting the war is apparent from statements made by top officials at least 4 years before the war.
Shock and Awe began to fall back on its word to avoid civilians when it directly flattened civilian institutions by blowing their schools, markets, and mosques into tiny shards...
www.fermentmagazine.org /tyranny/tyranny1.html   (5583 words)

 From paper to the battlefield | csmonitor.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The goal is to "shock and awe" the Iraqi military into submission, while minimizing casualties on both sides.
In a decade, "shock and awe" has grown from a theory dreamed up by retired generals to the concept undergirding current US war plans against Iraq.
They laid out their approach in a 1996 report entitled "Shock and Awe: Achieving Rapid Dominance." The group met on and off in succeeding years, explaining its ideas in papers and seminars for current and former military officials.
www.csmonitor.com /2003/0320/p15s01-woiq.html   (933 words)

 Shock and Awe Encyclopedia @ FolkArtMuseum.com (Folk Art Museum)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Rapid Dominance is a military doctrine that has as its main principles "overwhelming decisive force," "dominant battlefield awareness," "dominant maneuvers," and "spectacular displays of power," (Shock and Awe) as a means of destroying an adversary's will to fight and adversely affecting the psychology and the will of the enemy to resist.
Rapid Dominance is defined by its authors, Harlan K. Wade">James P. Wade, as attempting "to affect the will, perception, and understanding of the adversary to fit or respond to our strategic policy ends through imposing a regime of Shock and Awe."
It can be induced, they write, by direct force applied to command and control centers, selective denial of information and dissemination of disinformation, overwhelming combat force, and rapidity of action.
www.folkartmuseum.com /encyclopedia/Shock_and_Awe   (1108 words)

 AlterNet: Shock and Awe: Guernica Revisited
The concept of Shock and Awe was first developed by the Pentagon's National Defense University (NDU) in 1996 as part of the "Rapid Dominance" strategy.
Shock and awe also were the emotions that Americans experienced on Sept. 11, 2001.
Shock and Awe's expressed goal is simple: in the words of Harlan Ullman, to destroy the Iraqi people "physically, emotionally and psychologically."
www.alternet.org /story.html?StoryID=15027   (937 words)

 “Awwww”... What, No ‘Shock And Awe’?
They say Saddam was clearly not shocked; that the Iraqi leader and his vaunted elite “Republican Guard” divisions are certainly not in “awe” of the US/UK coalition attacks.
In place of a gigantic “shock and awe” bombing by massed aircraft and missiles, calculated to so stun the leadership and the Iraqi military that they would quickly fold and surrender, a precision strike took place with a number of cruise missiles and laser-guided bombs dropped by F-117 stealth aircraft on that specific palace.
The article said, “Shock and awe, as planned, was supposed to be a short but ferocious and nonstop bombing campaign simultaneously directed across a broad number of targets – from command-and-control centers in Baghdad to the Baath Party headquarters there to the Republican Guard divisions in the field.
www.garnertedarmstrong.ws /gtanews97.htm   (881 words)

 Circulars: Bob Perelman: Against Shock and Awe
Shock and Awe is adult political theater for a world audience.
That's the point of Shock, the sheer size of which has never, etc. Otherwise the audience won't be struck with Awe.
The shocks are gigantic, disgusting, but at least they're not shocking, once we give up our imaginary safety.
www.arras.net /circulars/archives/000226.html   (1073 words)

 Bombing Baghdad into 'shock and awe'   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
According to CBS News and other sources, the United States is considering implementing a strategy called "Shock and Awe," developed in 1996.
The impact of the "shock and awe" strategy is meant to be on hearts and minds: to destroy the enemy's will, and mental and psychological ability to resist.
In Shakespeare's time, there was another word for the terror, the shock and awe that accompany a war without moral limits.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/02/16/IN172338.DTL   (923 words)

 The March For Justice
is dedicating its "Shock and Awe Gallery" as an authentic historical documentation and evidence of the U.S./British Crime of the Century.
As attacks on freedom and the free have become characteristic of contemporary America, we advise and encourage all those who support Truth and Justice, to save our material and to make the utmost use of it, as its intended objective is revealing facts and reality.
The brutal "Shock and Awe" military strategy devised by Pentagon's well-known Pro-Israeli Harlan Ullman is taking a horrific toll on the Iraqi children of Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq.
www.marchforjustice.com /shock&awe.php   (400 words)

 SHOCK and AWE: An Open Call for Submissions
SHOCK and AWE is Military.com's newest feature -- raw battle footage on video, gritty photos from the front lines, the latest on military games and simulations, and stories and intel you won't get anywhere else.
"SHOCK and AWE" is not for the faint of heart.
Tell your friends and comrades about Shock and Awe, and encourage them to submit.
www.military.com /NewContent/0,13190,Shock_and_Awe_Intro,00.html   (339 words)

 Word Spy - shock and awe   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
A military strategy in which massive amounts of firepower are unleashed early in a conflict in an effort to force the enemy's regime to collapse or surrender.
Ullman says he invented the term "shock and awe" but that the concept draws on military strategists from Sun Tzu to the Prussian military thinker Carl von Clausewitz.
And I talked about the need for being able to induce shock and awe against a future enemy rather than just beating them into the dirt, and killing all their soldiers, and destroying their cities.
www.wordspy.com /words/shockandawe.asp   (722 words)

 Sun Tzu, the real father of 'shock and awe': Sun Tzu The Art of War and Strategy Site by Sonshi.com.
While the US-led war on Iraq may not yet have succeeded in its stated aim of "liberating" Iraq and destroying its weapons of mass destruction, it may have succeeded in breathing new life into the writings of an ancient Asian mind - the Chinese military philosopher Sun Tzu.
This week served up the latest about the Chinese thinker and general from the 5th century BC, who wrote the oldest military treatise on war, The Art of War; using knowledge he learned from fighting during China's Age of the Warring States.
In 1996, Ullman co-authored a book, Shock and Awe: Achieving Rapid Dominance, for which Sun had been an intellectual source.
www.sonshi.com /shockawe.html   (941 words)

 Shock and Disgust, by The Plaid Adder - Democratic Underground
Later in the article, one Harlan Ullman points out that the great virtue of the "Shock and Awe" strategy is that instead of a long, drawn-out ground battle, you achieve a "simultaneous effect, rather like the nuclear weapons at Hiroshima." Note that he says 'like Hiroshima' like that's a good thing.
Terrorism relies on "Shock and Awe" for its impact; "shock and awe" was what the WTC and Pentagon attacks were all about.
And by God, we were shocked and awed.
www.democraticunderground.com /articles/03/01/31_shock.html   (910 words)

 WorldNetDaily: No shock, no awe: It never happened   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Shock and awe, as planned, was supposed to be a short but ferocious and nonstop bombing campaign simultaneously directed across a broad number of targets – from command-and-control centers in Baghdad to the Baath Party headquarters there to the Republican Guard divisions in the field.
Rumsfeld blamed the TV media and their stables of hired defense experts for raising expectations of a massive and relentless bombing blitz and a short, decisive war.
The best way to do that is have such a shock on the system, the Iraqi regime would have to assume early on the end is inevitable.
www.worldnetdaily.com /news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=31858   (964 words)

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