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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The United States faces very different enemies today.

Mar 20, Teoh rated it it was amazing. Weakness of the Counterinsurgent.

To do so, it is necessary to keep a single static or holding force in place. It is still considered by many to be the “Bible” of counterinsurgency warfare.

The Prerequisites for a Successful Insurgency. Selection of the Area of Efforts.

Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice by David Galula

Why I started this book: Theory and Practice Westport, Connecticut: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. The population must sympathize with counter insurgent’s cause and voluntarily provide information that will defeat the insurgency.

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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 in June In conventional warfare, strength is assessed according to military or other tangible criteria, such as the number of divisions, the position they hold, the industrial resources, etc. Replace the softs and the incompetents, give full support of the active leaders. Win over or suppress the last insurgent remnants.


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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Aside from redefining a priori limitations to military engagements, Galula ingeniously prescribes new developmental principles, laws and theories for states to effectively combat an insurgency.

Summary of “Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice”

Beyond Intractability in Context Blog Links to quality news, opinion pieces, and reports that explain the intractable conflict problem and highlight successful counterinsuryency. The Phoenix program Douglas Valentine Snippet view – Another interesting topic discussed was the relative ease that insurgencies can develop and surprise any population once they become fully active.

There is plenty in it to make one wonder why the U. Although this was written about 60 years ago, there are many parallels with the current situation in Iraq. 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.


Though potentially quite effective, such action can backfire and anger the general population. Insurgents also decide when and where the conflict will begin, since they become insurgents through their own contentious actions.

Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice

The book is highly recommended to anyone who considers a career in the military or students in pursuit of a degree which pertains to international studies. Published August 30th by Praeger Security International first published Galla Transition from Peace to War. Written soon after the failures of the French in Vietnam and Algeria, it is heavily influenced by population-centric approaches which see winning the locals as the ultimate and necessary prize.

Development of the Static Unit. In addition, I have read many other books on this subject over the last couple of decades.

Concentrate enough armed forces to destroy or to expel the main body of armed insurgents. Special interest groups, for good or bad, are able to push an agenda because of their aggressive propaganda and lobbying. Summary of Counterinsurgency Warfare: I can definitely see how the complacency of the general population can let a political movement that may not be to its direct benefit progress.