Shock and Awe strategy and Taiwan

An interesting study written by LtCol Michael G. Dana, USMC which involves a hypothetical situation wherein China invades Taiwan and the American response can be found at: … =ADA419824


Abstract: This paper evaluates Shock and Awe through a futuristic lens. In 2011, China conducts asymmetric attacks against the United States and conventional war against Taiwan. Shortly after China occupies Taiwan, the President of the United States commissions a working group to evaluate the concept of shock and awe. The working group out-brief report provides an orientation, examination, and evaluation of shock and awe. The report begins with a review of the 1996 National Defense University book, Shock and Awe. Next, the report examines and evaluates the historical examples used in the 1996 publication and identifies alternative historical lessons for shock and awe. Lastly, the working group conducts a selective comparison between Shock and Awe and China’s seminal [and controversial] treatise Unrestricted Warfare.

Thesis: Based on their analysis, the working group determined that Shock and Awe maximized conventional warfare capabilities, but failed to address the asymmetric and unconventional threats posed by China. Recommendations: (1) Shock and awe needs to cast a wider conceptual net (2) The U.S. approach to operational art needs to be expanded and refined. (3) More integration and jointness between military and non-military centers of power is required for future war. (4) Warfighting needs to be treated as both an art and a science. (5) Ends, ways, and means need to be mutually supporting; balancing the human, organizational, and technical aspects of conflict are essential for success in future war.

So folks may have already seen this but I thought it was interesting.