WARFARE. Theory and Practice. David Galula. Foreword by John A. Nagl. PSI Classics of the Counterinsurgency Era. Praeger Security International. Westport. Summary of Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice By David Galula Summary written by Brett Reeder, Conflict Research Consortium Citation: Galula, . Counterinsurgency Warfare. Theory and Practice. by David Galula. This book examines the strategy and means to defeat insurgents or guerrilla movements.

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David Galula

His strategy is divided into eight steps: Thanks for telling us about the problem. One of the authentic and detailed exposition on the nature and cause of insurgency. Aug 27, Nick Lloyd rated it really liked it Shelves: At the heart of this political machine is the development of a counterinsurgent cause to compete with the insurgent cause. Trinquier tends to focus on the tactical and operational level, and although he acknowledges the importance of politics in counterinsurgency, he tends to address military issues.

Galula provides his views on communist ‘revolutionary warfare’ and the manner in which Western militaries must adapt to face the on coming threat.

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. The asymmetric nature of this relationship requires the successful counterinsurgency to capitalize on its tangible advantages and limit the insurgent’s ability to benefit from its intangible advantages.

It was short and I was going to whip thru it. Yet whatever their differences, both have effective advice for the counterinsurgent, and both of the books should be used in conjunction when planning and preparing for counterinsurgency operations. 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 form, as long as the problem that gave rise to the insurgency has not been eliminated, the danger persists” p 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.


The infiltration of an insurgency seeks to destroy it from within by turning it against itself. Military ventures against insurgents will ultimately fail if insurgents are still able to recruit new lackeys to their political cause. Dec 17, Jordan Balsamo rated it liked it. Guidelines for Using Beyond Intractability resources.

Other editions – View all Counterinsurgency Warfare: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The “Laws” According to Galula, there are four “laws” of counterinsurgency. Thus, the objective of the conflict is the peop Short, lucid, clear how-to manual on defeating insurgencies.

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Jul 24, David rated it it was ok. 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.

Galula’s observations and experiences of insurgencies in Algeria, Indochina, Greece, and China many decades ago have been translated into a clear, concise, quick to read guide about counterinsurgency that can be applied to conflicts today.

Asymmetry Between the Insurgent and the Counterinsurgent. 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.

An essential aspect of this “compass” is the realization that public support for the state should be the primary goal of counterinsurgency and that this makes counterinsurgency operations above all, political operations. This is not only military leadership from the generals to the privates, but also civilians put in charge of providing economic and social building blocks for the population under duress. A Historical and Critical Study Limited preview – Views Read Edit View history.

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Check out our Quick Start Guide. Published August 30th by Praeger Security International first published Greenwood Publishing Group- History – pages. While he acknowledges the importance of conventional military tactics in counterinsurgenyc, he focuses primarily on ways to build an effective “political machine” capable of garnering the support of the people. Having developed a strategic base for counterinsurgency, Galula turns his attention to tactics.


One topic I found interesting in this book was the clear definition and separation of conventional versus revolutionary conflicts and the statement that all revolutionary conflicts, and therefore insurgencies are political in nature.

Unfortunately, an insurgent’s cause is often impossible for a state to adopt, without relinquishing its power. The fourth and final law of counterinsurgency regards the “intensity of effort and vastness of means. In this case, indirect action can be taken to ensure that the judicial, police, and military institutions are strong thus discouraging insurgent action. While important in “cold” insurgencies, this is the primary activity of counterinsurgents in “hot” insurgencies.

A counterinsurgency can only succeed by winning the support of the people. While insurgencies often fail on their own accord, “Relying on luck Counterinsurggency counterinsurgent can seldom cover bad or nonexistent policy with propaganda.

Describes the clear-hold-build strategy eventually applied successfully in Iraq though not by that exact name. A free and open online seminar that takes a complexity-oriented approach to frontier-of-the-field issues related to intractable conflict. Jan gslula, Leo rated it liked it.

Upon reading daviid, I realized that I have read this book before – in fact, probably twice before. His strategy is divided into eight steps:. Weakness of the Counterinsurgent. This simple statement can be observed in many social causes today. Aside from redefining a priori limitations to military engagements, Galula ingeniously prescribes new develop In Counterinsurgency Warfare:

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