Harlan K. Ullman

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Harlan K. Ullman (born March 15, 1941[citation needed]), is Chairman of the Killowen Group that advises leaders of government and business; Chairman of CNIGuard Ltd and CNIGuard Inc, engaged in protection of critical infrastructure; Senior Advisor of the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC; and active on a number of private boards. A former naval officer, he has commanded destroyers as well as Swift Boats in Vietnam in over 150 combat patrols and actions.


He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1963.[1] He holds MA, MALD, and Ph.D. from The Fletcher School at Tufts University.[2][3]

In 2007, Ullman was outed as a client of the DC Madam, who also described him as an "unpleasant person."[4]

He also served as a Presidential Fellow at Polytechnic University of New York.[5]


Ullman was the principal author of the doctrine of "shock and awe" and was a product of the National Defense University of the United States. This concept is technically known as "rapid dominance" and is a military doctrine based on the use of "overwhelming decisive force," "dominant battlefield awareness," "dominant maneuvers," and "spectacular displays of power" to "paralyze" an adversary's perception of the battlefield and destroy his will to fight.


  • America's Promise Restored: Preventing Culture, Crusade, and Partisanship from Wrecking Our Nation by Harlan Ullman 2006
  • Unfinished Business: Afghanistan, the Middle East, and Beyond—Defusing the Dangers That Threaten America's Security by Harlan Ullman and Senator John S. McCain 2003
  • 21st Century U.S. Military Documents: Shock and Awe, Achieving Rapid Dominance—Momentous Defense Paper on New Strategies, Harlan Ullman, James Wade, and Others 2005
  • A Handful of Bullets: How the Murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand Still Menace the Peace 2014 ISBN 9781612517995


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