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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Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice
Upon reading this, I realized that I have read this book before – in fact, probably twice before. To view it, click here. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Content may not be reproduced without prior written permission.
In this book, Galula provides the basic strategy and tactics necessary to successfully defeat insurgencies through the development of a “political machine” capable of garnering public support. For a book written init really holds up.
Showing of 61 reviews. This is a short theoretical essay on counterinsurgency war by an expert with ties to the French military. Galula warns strongly multiple times of the dangers of having soldiers do any job that should belong to civilians for any extended length of time.
While there have been linear, evolutionary improvements in small arms, and other military technology, there has been explosive change in communications technology since this book was written. 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. Strategy of galulx Counterinsurgency.
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Having attained the support of the population it is imperative to remember that this support is conditional. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
Jan 03, Anthony rated it really liked it Recommends gallua for: Theory and Practice by David Galula”. Replace the softs and the incompetents, give full support cohnterinsurgency the active leaders. Paperbackpages. 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.
There is plenty in it to make one wonder why the U. Views Read Edit View history. Galula examines larger strategic issues, and describes both military and political actions that are necessary for a successful counterinsurgency campaign.
Galula lays out the basic steps of an insurgency or revolutionary war and the steps neccessary to combat or suppress one. The soldier must then be prepared to become a propagandist, a social worker, a civil engineer, a schoolteacher, a nurse, a boy scout. It is interesting to see what someone has to say from so long ago that rings true today. 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.
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. It is human nature and people are always busy with their own lives to worry about the rest. Counterinsurgency “in the Heat” As soon as an insurgent’s activities become openly illegal and violent, it is considered “hot”. Galula lays out both the theory and practice of insurgency and coutnerinsurgency in the most succinct prose and complete prose of any work available.
Direct Action Against the Insurgent. Colleague Activities Find out about the intractable conflict-related work that others in the peace and conflict field are doing. Dec 17, Jordan Balsamo rated it liked it. 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.
Indirect action consists of either co-opting the insurgent’s cause, or addressing the weaknesses of the state. I found Colonel Galula’s book even more relevant now, than after my first read.
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Account Options Sign in. An officer of the marine infantry in the old colonial army, he was assigned to China and also served with the United Nations as a military observer in Greece and military attache in Couterinsurgency Kong. Galula’s work on counter-insurgency is in large part based on the experiences and lesson of years of French colonial warfare, most notably the work of Joseph-Simon Gallieni and Hubert Lyautey.