Shock and Awe:

Achieving Rapid Dominance

Written By

Harlan K. Ullman and James P. Wade



L.A. "Bud" Edney, Fred M. Franks, Charles A. Horner, Jonathan T. Howe, and Keith Brendley

NDU Press Book

December 1996




Introduction to Rapid Dominance

Chapter 1. Background and Basis

Chapter 2. Shock and Awe

Chapter 3. Strategic, Policy, and Operational Application

Chapter 4. An Outline for System Innovation and Technological Integration

Chapter 5. Future Directions

Appendices -- Reflections of Three Former Commanders

Appendix A. "Thoughts on Rapid Dominance" by Admiral Bud Edney

Appendix B. "Defense Alternatives: Forces Required" by General Chuck Horner

Appendix C. "Enduring Realities and Rapid Dominance" by General Fred Franks

Biographies of the Study Group Members

Note the original of this document is on the web at Some visitors have reported problems viewing the report so we have provided it at for research and educational purposes.