Shock and Awe

Shock and Awe: Achieving Rapid Dominance. For better or worse, most of the online news and comments about the Pentagon’s planned strategy for Iraq are based on second and third-hand retellings of what “shock and awe” means and where it comes from. Which is odd, since you can find the entirety of Shock and Awe: Achieving Rapid Dominance online. It was published in 1996 by the National Defense University in Washington, where selected officers and civilians from Defense, Justice, and elsewhere go for training. [Paul Boutin]