Counterinsurgency warfare: theory and practice / David Galula; Foreword by John A. David Galula drank as deeply of this bitter draught as did his contempo -. Counterinsurgency Warfare provides the template for the defeat of today’s Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice. Front Cover. David Galula. This volume in the Praeger Security International (PSI) series Classics of the Counterinsurgency Era defines the laws of insurgency and outlines the strategy and.

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While the latter, under the hands of its colonial master, settled instead for a politically-based, police-centric counterinsurgency against the guerillas. He is judged on what he does, not on what he says. The former nation opted to go along with a military-backed, anti-Communist pogrom that consumed hundreds of thousands in lives.

Contents Revolutionary War Nature and Characteristics. Most importantly, if the counter insurgent wants to win the conflict, an alternative competing political platform must be provided or a current one reinforced for the population to choose. Many of the aspects and strategies listed here have become so commonplace as to appear obvious, but this book was likely revolutionary in its own time.

Many of the aspects and strategies listed here have become so commonplace as to appear obvious, but this book was likely revolutionary in its own time. The definitive counterinsurgency manual. Having attained the support of the population it is imperative to remember that this support is conditional.

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Though potentially quite effective, such action can backfire and anger the general population. New to the site?

Counterinsurgency in the Hot Revolutionary War. The theories in this work are not rocket science since many people must understand and work together to accomplish the different phases of counterinsurgency.

But only for as long as he cannot be replaced, for it is better to entrust civilian tasks to civilians.


Aug 23, Jared rated it it was amazing. That is, the response necessary to eliminate the insurgency is likely to be seen as excessive by the general population.

A victory is that plus the permanent isolation of the insurgent from the population, isolation not enforced upon the population, but maintained by and with the population. When this is the case, the essential problem for the counterinsurgency is that the “actual danger will always appear to the nation as out of proportion to the demands made by an adequate response” p 4. Guidelines for Using Beyond Intractability resources. Selection of the Area of Efforts. He gave a series of conferences abroad and attended the Armed Forces Staff College.

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 in insurgency warfare. Tell us about your work.

No trivia or quizzes yet. While he acknowledges the importance of conventional military tactics in counterinsurgency, he focuses primarily on ways to build an effective “political machine” capable of garnering the support of the people.

The soldier must then be prepared to become a propagandist, a social worker, a civil engineer, a schoolteacher, a nurse, a boy scout. A counterinsurgent can seldom cover thheory or nonexistent policy with propaganda.

Galula cites Mao Zedong ‘s observation that “[R]evolutionary war is 80 percent political action and only 20 percent military”, and proposes four “laws” for counterinsurgency: I’d highly recommend it for anyone interested in the topic.

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Special interest groups, for good or bad, are able to push an agenda because of their aggressive propaganda and lobbying. Find out what you can do to help society more constructively handle the intractable conflicts that are making so many problems insoluble. The difficult task is to establish a well thought out doctrine that all levels of leadership must understand and fully embrace. While some parts of the book are obviously dated, the core of the theory is still applicable today, and can be witnessed in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well pracitce several nations thory Africa.


Galula provides his views on communist ‘revolutionary warfare’ couunterinsurgency the manner in which Western militaries must adapt to face the on coming threat. Please Support Our Fundraising Drive.

Inspired by his military experiences as a French military officer and attache in China, Glaula, Southeast Asia, and Algeria, the author realized the “need for a compass” in the suppression of 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 the “the prime mover,” rational programs which improve the lives of the populace will become highly persuasive.

Contract with the Control of the Population.

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.

Despite being a rather slim volume consisting of only counferinsurgency, and reflecting upon a short time-span of counterinsurgency dating from the end of WWII to the early 60s, this is a concisely-written book that can either be scoured in a day or contemplated in a week. The older soldier imparted an intellectual approach to military and geopolitical analysis.