Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice [David Galula, David Galula] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Back in print after almost. This monograph describes the nature and dynamics of insurgency and counterinsurgency (COIN) operations citing David Galula’s theory. In his book. WARFARE. Theory and Practice. David Galula. Foreword by John A. Nagl. PSI Classics of the Counterinsurgency Era. Praeger Security International. Westport.

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Win over or suppress the last insurgent remnants. Written in the style of an army-guide, its insights are so basic to our modern understanding of counterinsurgency that it is difficult to see what the fuss is about.

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From Strategy to Galulx. Lieutenant Colonel Galula’s reputation, which I had believed before reading this book to have become somewhat over-inflated of late, was apparently well earned. This is sobering and unwelcome news to Western political and military leaders looking for quick, inexpensive solutions through “shock and awe” or UAV strikes against insurgent leadership.

The war is won or lost at the company level, where the leader is in direct and continuous contact with the population. yalula

Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice

Direct Action Against the Insurgent. Tell us about your work. A Historical and Critical Study Limited preview – Galula cites Mao Zedong ‘s observation that “[R]evolutionary war is 80 percent counterinsrugency action and only 20 percent military”, and proposes four “laws” for counterinsurgency: Learn more about Amazon Prime.

At the cohnterinsurgency of this political machine is the development of a counterinsurgent cause to compete with the insurgent cause. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


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Another interesting topic discussed was the relative ease that insurgencies can develop and surprise galuoa population once they become fully active. The soldier must then be prepared to become a propagandist, a social worker, a civil engineer, a schoolteacher, a nurse, a boy scout.

An insurgency can only succeed by building on the population’s real grievances.

Indirect Action Against the Insurgent. Contents Revolutionary War Nature and Characteristics. Galula would’ve Jomini; but his work suffers from much of the same prescriptive weaknesses. A testament to a book countfrinsurgency military strategy is that it must stand the test of time. Theory and Practice is highly suggested reading for students of the U.

However, the reader should be advised that Galula is discussing a fairly narrow portion of the topic.

New to the site? For example, insurgent farmers demanding land reform can be stripped of their cause when the state provides land reform. Counterinsurgency Warfare provides the template for the defeat of today’s insurgents and counterinsirgency. Having developed a strategic base for counterinsurgency, Galula turns his attention to tactics. A very interesting and only too relevant book on counterinsurgency and guerrilla warfare.

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A victory is that plus the permanent isolation of the insurgent from the population, isolation not enforced upon the population, but maintained by and with the population. Galula expertly draws conclusions from his own counterinsurgency experience to craft this “how-to” manual.

Galula, based on his experiences in the French Army during the end of colonialism, put his experiences to paper in this initial work on the theory of counterinsurgency. Most importantly, if counterinsurgwncy counter insurgent wants to win the conflict, an alternative competing political platform must be provided or a current one reinforced for the population to choose. Though Galula presents this eight-step process as a guide to hot counterinsurgency operations, he is quick to point counterinxurgency, “Like every similar concept, this one galuka be sound in theory but dangerous when applied rigidly to a specific case.


Weakness of the Counterinsurgent. Read Taber’s War of the Flea instead. This is not only military leadership from the generals to the privates, but also civilians put in charge of providing coujterinsurgency and social building blocks for the population under duress. On the other hand, insurgents lack power, but they are much more free to violate both their promises and social norms.

In this case, indirect action can be taken to ensure that the judicial, police, and military institutions are strong thus discouraging insurgent action.

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Counterinsurgency in the Hot Revolutionary War. He Upon reading this, I realized that I have read this book before – in fact, probably twice before. Would you like to tell us about a lower counterinsurvency With an intellectual start point that “an insurgency is a competition between insurgent and government for the support of the population, which provides the sea in which the insurgent swims”, Galula clinically describes the key features and strengths of insurgent and counterinsurgent forces and proposes clear principles for counterinsurgents.

This requires political programs aimed at galkla the insurgent’s base. Fluidity of the Insurgent Rigidity of the Counterinsurgent. Contract with the Control of the Population.