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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Feb 02, Gordon rated it really liked it Shelves: Explanations of how the conflict and peacebuilding fields’ fundamental building blocks can help with both intractable and tractable conflicts. David Galula — was a French military officer and scholar who was influential in developing the theory and practice of counterinsurgency warfare.

The older soldier imparted an intellectual approach to military and geopolitical analysis.

And yet, in these wars, the civilians barely showed. Fluidity of the Insurgent Rigidity of the Counterinsurgent. The final option, strengthening counterinsurgnecy building the “political machine” of the state, consists of convincing the population to buy into the state’s legitimacy and moral authority. Jan 03, Anthony rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Theory and Practice David Galula Limited preview – Having attained the support of the population it is imperative to remember that this support is conditional.


With a new foreword by John A. Lessons learned should then be rapidly applied to subsequent areas.

Summary of “Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice”

The United States faces very different enemies today. Replace the softs and the incompetents, give full support of the active leaders. It is human nature and people are always busy with their own lives to worry about the rest. Amazingly relevant today as when it was first published.

Jan 16, SpaceBear rated it really liked it Shelves: Galula’s laws thus take at face value and recognize the importance of the aphorism, based on the ideas of Mao, that “The people are the sea in which the revolutionary swims. 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. Concentrate enough armed forces to destroy or to expel the main body of armed insurgents.

Inhe was expelled from the French officer corps, in accordance with the Statute on Jews of the Vichy State. New to the site? It’s a lucid, engaging and clear book that in spite of being short, explains in a precise and detailed way the whole process of conformation and establishment of an armed insurgency and everything related to its natural reaction; the counterinsurgency. Though potentially quite effective, such action can backfire and anger the general population.


An insurgency can only succeed by building on the population’s real grievances. Books by David Galula. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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From the “father” of COIN doctrine. Gradual Transition from Peace to War. 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.

For a book written init really holds up. Citing Beyond Intractability resources. Galula served as a French military officer in WWII asd afterwords in various outposts of unrest through the cold war, culminating in Algeria during the French army’s rebellion.

Galula explains how best to tackle insurgencies and their vulnerabilities. The counterinsurgent reaches a position of strength when his power is embedded in a political organization issuing from, and firmly supported by, the population.

Account Options Sign in. Theory and Practice by David Galula. Vulnerability of the Insurgent gslula the Orthodox Pattern.