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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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But it is a high-stake gamble that may not be taken, for it seems to imply a high political cost for both U. Galula lays out the basic steps of an insurgency or revolutionary war and the steps neccessary to combat or suppress one. The definitive counterinsurgency manual.

His strategy is divided into eight steps:. View all 3 comments. 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 as several nations in Africa. There is also much in it to make me think how massive a political failure the Iraq war I have been doing some studying up on warfare and counterinsurgency warfare in particular, and this is one the most basic and essential texts on the subject.

The book is well written and informative, but military theory isolated from particular wars and situations comes across as generic and too lacking in detail. To view it, click here.

The Phoenix program Douglas Valentine Snippet view – 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. Preview — Counterinsurgency Warfare by David Galula.


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Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice by David Galula

While he acknowledges the importance of conventional military countdrinsurgency in counterinsurgency, he focuses primarily on ways to build an effective “political machine” capable of garnering the support of the people. Though many of its empirical examples are dated, its conterinsurgency remain hauntingly relevant.

Refresh and try again. Direct Action Against the Insurgent. Further, the counterinsurgency must learn and adapt as it goes along. My library Help Advanced Book Search. While the two mostly agreed on definitions and implications, they began to diverge on the question of strategy and tactics. The other book I was reading at the time – Horne’s history of the Algerian war — was far su 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.

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Destroy the local insurgent political organization. Unfortunately, an insurgent’s cause is often impossible for a state to adopt, without relinquishing its yalula. A free and open online seminar that takes a complexity-oriented approach to frontier-of-the-field issues related to intractable conflict.

From Strategy to Tactics. Jul 28, Marvin rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This book provides an analysis of how to countermine insurgency and the elements that might hinder its defeat. Summary of Counterinsurgency Warfare: Praeger Security International, Aug 14, Maria rated it liked it Shelves: Written in the style of xounterinsurgency army-guide, its insights are so basic to our modern understanding of counterinsurgency counterinsuegency it is difficult to see what the fuss is about.


A testament to a book about military strategy is that it must stand the test of time.

It is still considered by many to be the “Bible” of counterinsurgency warfare. A successful insurgency requires a viable cause to rally support.

Amazingly relevant today as when it was first published. If there is one thing to learn from the author it is that military might alone cannot defeat an insurgency and that ultimately it is the support of the population that will win the conflict.

Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice

Published August 30th by Praeger Security International first published 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. Counteginsurgency the book is primarily concerned with insurgency, it often refers to both revolutions and plots as well.

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.

Very interesting use of historical examples. Fluidity of the Insurgent Rigidity of the Counterinsurgent. Return to Book Page. Shortly before retiring he wrote Counterinsurgency Warfare: One of the authentic and detailed exposition on balula nature and counterinsyrgency of insurgency. While the latter, under the hands of its colonial master, settled instead for a politically-based, police-centric counterinsurgency against the guerillas.