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Shock and Awe: Its Origins, Its Role in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Why It Did Not Work... or Did It?

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On the eve of the U.S. led invasion of Iraq, the expression shock and awe captured media attention in the United States and Britain. Statements by American leaders seemed to corroborate descriptions of the war plan provided by unnamed Pentagon sources fanning public expectations that the coalition would mount a massive air bombardment and rapid ground assault to force Baghdad's prompt capitulation. Five days into the war, however, with no indication that Iraqi leaders were interested in surrender, journalists began asking why shock and awe had not worked. This paper evaluates the concept of shock and awe as a foundation for military strategy. It briefly examines the evolution of theories advocating shock-based strategies and investigates how such thinking influenced plans for the invasion of Iraq. It then assesses how well the coalition's strategy worked and draws implications regarding the efficacy of shock attacks in future conflicts.

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Morgan, Forrest. "Shock and Awe: Its Origins, Its Role in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Why It Did Not Work... or Did It?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, Hawaii, Mar 05, 2005 <Not Available>. 2009-05-25 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p70984_index.html>

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Morgan, F. E. , 2005-03-05 "Shock and Awe: Its Origins, Its Role in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Why It Did Not Work... or Did It?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, Hawaii Online <.PDF>. 2009-05-25 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p70984_index.html

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Abstract: On the eve of the U.S. led invasion of Iraq, the expression shock and awe captured media attention in the United States and Britain. Statements by American leaders seemed to corroborate descriptions of the war plan provided by unnamed Pentagon sources fanning public expectations that the coalition would mount a massive air bombardment and rapid ground assault to force Baghdad's prompt capitulation. Five days into the war, however, with no indication that Iraqi leaders were interested in surrender, journalists began asking why shock and awe had not worked. This paper evaluates the concept of shock and awe as a foundation for military strategy. It briefly examines the evolution of theories advocating shock-based strategies and investigates how such thinking influenced plans for the invasion of Iraq. It then assesses how well the coalition's strategy worked and draws implications regarding the efficacy of shock attacks in future conflicts.

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DRAFT: Do not quote or cite. "Shock & Awe" Its Origins Its Role in Operation Iraqi Freedom a nd W hy I t Did N o t W o r k Forrest E. Morgan RAND 201 N. Craig Street Suite 202 Pittsburgh PA 15213-1516 (412) 683-2300 x4924 forrest@rand.org Prepared for the International Studies Association Annual Convention in Honolulu Hawaii 1-5 March 20051 DRAFT 1 This is work in progress. Do not quote or cite without the author's express permission.
stabilize the country after the conclusion of major combat operations. Therefore at a time when providing security to the Iraqi people was crucial to averting chaos and insurgency shock and awe lost the peace. Such an outcome is a serious indictment against a theory purported to be the answer to America's security needs in the twenty- DRAFT: Do not quote or cite. 38 DRAFT: Do not quote or cite. first century when the United States is engaged in a


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