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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A French Army Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Galula lays out in pretty good detail the necessary methods and procedures for counter-insurgency operations.

Counterinsurgency Warfare by David Galula – Praeger – ABC-CLIO

Many of the aspects and strategies listed here counterisurgency become so commonplace as to appear obvious, but this book was likely revolutionary in its own time. A victory [in a counterinsurgency] is not the destruction in a given area of the insurgent’s forces and his political organization. They can act directly on the insurgent leaders, they can act indirectly on the conditions that are propitious to coubterinsurgency insurgency, they can infiltrate the insurgent movement, or they can reinforce their own “Political Machine”.

Share your thoughts with other customers. This book is highly overrated.

Counterinsurgency Warfare

Tactics Counterindurgency developed a strategic base for counterinsurgency, Galula turns his attention to tactics. This simple statement can be observed in many social causes today. That is, the support of the people is the primary objective of a counterinsurgency campaign.

The Orthodox Pattern Communist. Group and educate the leaders in a national political movement. Testing the Local Leaders. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. If he lies, cheats, exaggerates, and does not prove, he may achieve some temporary successes, but counterinsurgebcy the price of being discredited for good.


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Jul 24, David rated it it was ok. Heavily colored by the experience of the early Cold War, communism and decolonization, some of his prescriptions might sit awkwardly on the page of modern analysis, yet there is much that remains relevant and true.

He gave a series of conferences abroad and attended the Armed Forces Staff College. Despite being a rather slim volume consisting of only pages, and reflecting upon a short time-span of counterinsurgency dating This review of mine is qualified on the basis that I have never served in the armed forces in any capacity, much less participated as a civilian in a counterinsurgency campaign, or even experienced one beforehand.

There is also much in it to make me think how massive a political failure the Iraq war – and to a good extent, the war in Afghanistan as well – represents. Belongs in every counterinsurgent’s backpack. His strategy is divided into eight steps:. Thus, the objective of the conflict is the peop Short, lucid, clear how-to manual on defeating insurgencies. Group and educate the leaders in a national galila movement.

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 galulq, as long as the problem that gave rise to the insurgency has counterinsufgency been eliminated, the danger persists” p Aug 10, Michael rated it it was amazing.


Showing of 61 reviews. Though Galula presents this eight-step process as a guide to hot counterinsurgency operations, he is quick to point out, “Like every similar concept, this one may be sound in theory but dangerous when applied rigidly to a specific case. Read more Read less. David Galula — was a French military officer and scholar who was influential in developing the theory and practice of counterinsurgency warfare.

Explanations of how the conflict and peacebuilding fields’ fundamental building blocks can help with both intractable and tractable conflicts. The infiltration of an insurgency seeks to destroy it from within by turning it against itself. Another interesting topic discussed was the relative ease that insurgencies can develop and surprise any population once they become fully active.

Inspired by his military experiences as a French military officer and attache in China, Greece, Southeast Asia, and Algeria, the author realized the “need for a compass” in the suppression of The results speaks for itself: If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

There is plenty in it to make one wonder why the U.

Revolutionary War Is a Protracted War.