WARFARE. Theory and Practice. David Galula. Foreword by John A. Nagl. PSI Classics of the Counterinsurgency Era. Praeger Security International. Westport. operations citing David Galula’s theory. In his book, Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and. Practice, Galula sets a clear mark for planning future COIN. Counterinsurgency Warfare provides the template for the defeat of today’s Galula served as a French military officer in WWII asd afterwords in various outposts.

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He wrote the book under the assumption that the West, particularly the United States, will automatically grow heavily involved in future insurgency-based warfare. New to the site? That this was one of the original such guides, written by a man who had observed and experienced counter-insurgency from North Africa, to Southeast Asia, and China, is why it has become an interesting primary source in its own right. Why I started this book: The military, by all evidence, seems to have been more flexible and creative than our civilian agencies, with better leadership.

Retrieved from ” https: Detach for the area sufficient troops to oppose an insurgent’s comeback in strength, install these troops in the hamlets, villages, and towns where the population lives. It’s a lucid, engaging and clear book that in spite of being short, explains in a precise and detailed way the whole process of conformation and establishment of an armed insurgency and everything related to its natural reaction; the counterinsurgency.

Check out our Quick Start Guide or Video. Greenwood Publishing Group- History – pages. And he cannot cheat much unless his political structures are monolithic, for the legitimate opposition in his own camp would soon disclose his every psychological maneuver.

The political movement of the masses must overwhelm the insurgencies political message. While the two mostly agreed on definitions and implications, they began to diverge on the question of strategy and tactics.

Tactics 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.


In it, Galula, a French military officer with experience in China, Greece, Southeast Asia, and Algeria, seeks to provide a “compass” for the counterinsurgent, much as Mao did for the revolutionary. To view it, click here. This book is, perhaps, the most definitive manual for an initiate in the subject of counterinsurgency.

Citing Beyond Intractability resources. Want to Read saving…. The United States faces very different enemies today. Having developed a strategic base for counterinsurgency, Galula turns his attention to tactics.

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Thus, the objective of the conflict is the people. With no positive policy but with good propaganda, the insurgent may still win. It’s amazing how the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Establish contact with the population and control its movements in order to cut off its links with the guerillas Destroy the local insurgent political organizations Set up, by means of elections, new provisional local authorities. Each of the steps is to be undertaken in a specific area consistent with the fourth law and then repeated in other areas as necessary.

Fluidity of the Insurgent Rigidity of the Counterinsurgent. While some parts of the book are obviously dated, the core of the theory is still applicable today, and can be witnessed in Iraq A quick and easy read don’t be fooled by how long it took me; I went through part of it for a paper and then decided recently counterinsutgency read through it’s entirety for anyone interested in insurgency warfare.

This book is still in force despite having been written in the I’m actually surprised. Weakness of the Counterinsurgent. Theory and Practice in The Prerequisites for a Successful Insurgency. Counterinsurgsncy is, the support of the people is the primary objective of a counterinsurgency campaign. Revolutionary War Is a Protracted War. Return to Book Page. I plan to send a copy of this book to my friend in Afghanistan and maybe it will do some good.


Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice

Such support is most readily obtained from an active minority. A free and open online seminar that takes a complexity-oriented approach to frontier-of-the-field issues related to intractable conflict. The former may be likened to water the latter to the fish who inhabit it. On the other hand, insurgents lack power, but they are much more free to violate both their promises and social norms. 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.

Asymmetry Between the Insurgent and the Counterinsurgent. Laws and Principals of Counterinsurgency Warfare. 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.

Sure, it’s from the insurgent point of view, but you’ll learn far more there than you will here, because while the subtitle may be “Theory and Practice,” the truth of the matter is that there’s no real “practice” in this book. The war is won or lost at the company level, where the leader is in direct and continuous contact with the population. This is a great book for anyone interested in the topic. 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.

Having attained the support of the population it is imperative to remember that this support is conditional.