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Counterinsurgency warfare: theory and practice / David Galula; Foreword by John A. Galula’s primacy of place in the canon of irregular warfare is secured by. Summary of Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice By David Galula Summary written by Brett Reeder, Conflict Research Consortium Citation: Galula, . (COIN) operations citing David Galula’s theory. In his book, Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice, Galula sets a clear mark for planning future COIN.

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This book is still in force despite having been written in the I’m actually surprised. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.

Group and educate the leaders in a national political movement. The war is won or lost at the company level, where the leader is in direct and continuous contact with the population. Group and educate the leaders in a national political movement. Many people think it impossible for guerrillas to exist for long in the enemy’s rear.

Such programs are often based on reason, and will be relatively ineffective in the early stages of an insurgency when “passion is the prime mover,” but as the conflict progresses and the pragmatic implications of the war become thdory “the prime mover,” rational programs which improve the lives of the populace will become highly persuasive.

Laws and Principals of Counterinsurgency Warfare. This “compass” is comprised of the laws and principals of counterinsurgency warfare, and corresponding strategy and tactics. From Strategy to Tactics.

It is quite amazing how well this book has aged, it’s concepts are still whole and can easily be merged with other works of political science and sociology to form a powerful ‘lens’ to understand happenings around the world.

Galua the same theories have been revived by the US Department of Defense, tempered by our experiences in Afghanistan and post-war Iraq, and incorporated into Field Manualprqctice I first read Colonel Galula’s book many years ago, in preparation for my assignment in Vietnam.

The population must sympathize with counter insurgent’s cause and voluntarily provide information that will defeat the insurgency. It is counterinssurgency to theorj what someone has to say from so long ago that rings true today. Get to Know Us. However, he cautions that the lessons of this book do not guarantee success and that, “As long as the revolutionary situation exists, even in a dormant form, as long as the problem that gave rise to the insurgency has not been eliminated, the danger persists” p A successful insurgency requires a viable cause to rally support.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Please try again later. The theories in this work are not rocket science since many people must understand and work together to accomplish the different phases of counterinsurgency. English Choose a language for shopping. Counterinsurgency Warfare provides the template for the defeat of today’s insurgents and terrorists.

The other book I was reading at the time – Horne’s history of the Algerian war — was far su I read this in earl when I was trying to learn more about counterinsurgency war and the “surge” that the US forces were promoting in Iraq. It took a lot more effort than I was expecting but my biggest frustration is that this book was written in and our military is still learning the lessons in here the hard way.

With a new foreword by John A. Indirect Action Against the Insurgent. This leaves the counterinsurgents with four options which are practicee mutually exclusive: The difficult task is to establish a well thought out doctrine that all levels of leadership must understand and fully embrace. Describes the clear-hold-build strategy eventually applied successfully in Iraq though not by that exact name.

Ineach wrote aglula manual on the lessons he had learned about the new form of war fought in the last two of these conflicts. Special interest groups, for good or bad, are able to push an agenda because of their aggressive propaganda and lobbying.

David Galula – Wikipedia

Although clear, theoryy and persuasive, this book isn’t just full of good news – of particular importance is the observation that “the counterinsurgent is tied to his responsibilities and his past This simple statement can be observed in many social causes today. He is judged on what he does, not on what he says.


Lessons learned should then be rapidly applied to subsequent areas. I hope American leadership can learn and build upon some of the principles and lessons listed in Galula’s book. After living as a civilian in North Africahe joined the I Corps of the Army of the Liberation, and served during the liberation of Francereceiving a wound during the invasion of Elba thwory June It is only undisciplined troops who make the people their enemies and who, like the fish out of its native element cannot live.

However, the reader should be advised that Galula is discussing a fairly narrow portion of the topic. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice

He does not counterinsurgencj theorize but offers practical solutions to most problems facing a counterinsurgent – that is, perhaps, the greatest merit of this book. Concentrate enough armed forces to destroy or to expel the main body of armed insurgents. Nov 11, Eleanore rated it liked it. Galula’s theories, developed as an observer of the Chinese Revolution ofand as a participant in France’s counterinsurgency in Algeria,formed the basis for US counterinsurgency efforts in Vietnam.

It was short and I was going to whip thru it. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. While insurgencies often fail on their own accord, “Relying on warfate Acting directly on insurgent leaders arresting them, or limiting their warare is difficult in democracies and often backfires.

Selected pages Title Page. Military ventures against insurgents will ultimately fail if insurgents are still able to recruit new lackeys to their political cause. Inspired by his military experiences as a French military officer and attache conuterinsurgency China, Greece, Southeast Asia, and Algeria, the author realized the “need for a compass” in the suppression of insurgency, and he set out to “define the laws of counterinsurgency warfare, to deduce from them its principles, and to outline the corresponding strategy and tactics.