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. This book provides an analysis of how to countermine insurgency and the elements that might hinder its defeat. Inspired by his military experiences as a French.

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Contents Revolutionary War Nature and Characteristics. Recently the same theories have been revived wafare the US Department of Defense, tempered by our experiences in Afghanistan and post-war Iraq, and incorporated into Field Manual”Counterinsurgency.

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He wrote the book under the assumption that the West, particularly the United States, will automatically grow heavily involved in future insurgency-based warfare. Such direct action should only be attempted when the insurgent’s cause in not popular, the counterinsurgent has the legal countetinsurgency to act, and significant publicity of such action can be prevented.

I found Colonel Galula’s book even more relevant now, than after my first read. Indirect action consists of either co-opting the insurgent’s cause, or addressing the weaknesses of the state. A successful insurgency requires a viable cause to rally support.

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Describes the clear-hold-build strategy eventually applied successfully in Iraq though not by that exact name. There is also much in it to make me think how massive a political failure the Iraq war – and to a good extent, the war in Afghanistan as well – represents.

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Though he was fiercely anti-Communist, his captors treated him well and he eventually was released through the help of the Marshall mission. It is still considered by many to be the “Bible” of counterinsurgency warfare. The Prerequisites for a Successful Insurgency.

Most importantly, if the counter insurgent vy to win the conflict, an alternative competing political platform must be provided or a current one reinforced for the population to choose. Counterinsurrgency War Nature and Characteristics. 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.

Skip to main content. At the heart of this political machine is the development of a counterinsurgent cause to compete with the insurgent cause. Other books in this series. Yet warfxre 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.

Jan 06, Leo rated it liked it. 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. Feb 03, Matt Danner rated it really liked it.

Asymmetry Between the Insurgent and the Counterinsurgent. Galula examines larger strategic issues, and describes both military and political actions that are necessary for a successful counterinsurgency campaign.

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 counterinsurgenccy elections, new provisional local authorities. Destroy the local insurgent political organization. Direct Action Against the Insurgent.

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Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice

Replace the softs and the incompetents, give full support to the active leaders. Lists with This Book. Modern Warfare Roger Trinquier. Written soon after the failures of the French in Vietnam and Algeria, it is heavily influenced by population-centric approaches which see winning the locals as the ultimate and necessary prize.

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.

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Infiltration of the Insurgent Movement. Preview — Counterinsurgency Warfare by David Galula. Drawn from the observations of a French officer, David Galula, who witnessed guerrilla warfare on three continents, the book remains relevant today as American policymakers, militar This volume in the Praeger Security International PSI series Classics of the Counterinsurgency Era defines the laws of insurgency and outlines coumterinsurgency strategy and tactics to combat such threats.

There is plenty in it to make one wonder why the U. Replace the softs and the incompetents, give full support of the active leaders. That is, the support of the people is the primary objective of a counterinsurgency campaign.