“[General Richard B. Myers] said the war plan will employ a concept dubbed
’shock and awe’ to finish a conflict quickly. ‘Some of those techniques will
be used,’ he said.” Shock and awe. In other words, sudden and
overwhelming violence and disruption (e.g. by use of EMP weapons to disable
all electronics). This is the U.S. battle plan, according to Ge. Myers
Shock and awe. Rolls nicely off the tongue. Shock and awe. I like this phrase.