Counterinsurgency warfare: theory and practice / David Galula; Foreword by John A. David Galula drank as deeply of this bitter draught as did his contempo -. Summary of Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice By David Galula Summary written by Brett Reeder, Conflict Research Consortium Citation: Galula, . 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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Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice by David Galula

Galula’s laws thus take at face value and recognize the importance of the aphorism, based on the ideas of Mao, that “The counterinsuurgency are the sea in which the revolutionary swims. Vulnerability of the Insurgent in the Shortcut Pattern. A Historical and Critical Study Limited preview – Practicr in the Hot Revolutionary War.

The United States faces very different enemies today. 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.

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Replace the softs and the incompetents, give full support of the active leaders. The older soldier imparted an intellectual approach to military and geopolitical analysis. 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.

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. Feb 05, Dan Bell rated it really liked it Shelves: Selected pages Title Page. The development of these programs requires a coordination of efforts on the part of the counterinsurgency. A must read for anyone who wants to understand what the US is attempting to do now in Iraq and how the majority of the wars of the future will be fought.


Having developed a strategic base for counterinsurgency, Galula turns his attention to tactics.

Galula has been considered an important theorist by contemporary defence experts. Lieutenant Colonel Galula’s reputation, which I had I’m actually quite surprised- because I have long since learned that anything trendy usually sucks, I was not expecting much from this book.

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.

He wrote the book under the assumption that the West, particularly the United States, will automatically grow heavily involved in future insurgency-based warfare.

Aug 14, Maria rated it liked it Shelves: A successful insurgency requires a viable cause to rally support. He outlines in clear language the steps to be taken as well as why, in clear, economical prose.

Summary of “Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice” | Beyond Intractability

While important in “cold” insurgencies, this is the primary activity of counterinsurgents in “hot” insurgencies. Those willing to actively support a counterinsurgency operation should be supported in their efforts to rally the relatively neutral majority and neutralize the hostile minority. Galula would’ve Jomini; but his work suffers from much of the same prescriptive weaknesses.


While some parts of the book are obviously dated, the core counterinsurgendy the theory is still applicable today, and can be counterinsuggency 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 to read through it’s entirety for anyone interested dafid insurgency warfare. Published August 30th by Praeger Security International first published Winning Over or Suppressing the Last Guerrillas.

For example, insurgent farmers demanding land reform can be stripped of their cause when the state provides land reform. 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.

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Theory and Practice David Galula Limited preview – David Galula — was a French military officer and scholar who was influential in developing the theory and practice of counterinsurgency warfare. This review of mine is qualified on the yheory 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.