operations citing David Galula’s theory. In his book, Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and. Practice, Galula sets a clear mark for planning future COIN. Summary of Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice By David Galula Summary written by Brett Reeder, Conflict Research Consortium Citation: Galula, . 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

Skip to main content. His strategy is divided into eight steps:.

This ensures that soldiers do not have to constantly relearn the cultural nuances of a galuka area. In conventional warfare, strength is assessed according to military or other tangible criteria, such as the number of divisions, the position they hold, the industrial resources, etc.

Strengthening the Political Machine.

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Concentrate enough armed forces to destroy or to expel the main body of armed insurgents. Counterinsurgency in the Cold Revolutionary War. Though he was fiercely anti-Communist, his captors treated him well counterinsurgnecy he eventually was released through the help of the Marshall mission.

Indeed ,as Galula put it, cuonterinsurgency though it is, the military action is secondary to the political one, its primary purpose being to afford the political power enough freedom to work safely with the population.

The clunterinsurgency soldier imparted an intellectual approach to military and geopolitical analysis. Vulnerability of the Insurgent in the Shortcut Pattern. Those willing to actively support a counterinsurgency operation should be supported in their efforts to rally the relatively neutral majority and neutralize the hostile minority. Fluidity of the Insurgent Rigidity of the Counterinsurgent. Counterinsurgency in the Hot Revolutionary War.


Selection of the Area of Efforts. Having developed a strategic base for counterinsurgency, Galula turns his attention counterinsurgecy tactics. With his four principles in mind, Galula goes on to describe a general military and political strategy to put them into operation in an area that is under warfarf insurgent control:. The Power of Ideology. Don’t miss upcoming posts, signup for the Newsletter. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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.

Such support is most readily obtained from an active minority. Rather, action should be taken in select areas, and resources moved as counterinaurgency. Testing the Local Leaders. A successful insurgency requires a viable cause to rally support. Counterinsurgents hold a virtual monopoly on tangible assets, such as material resources and legitimate power.

Inspired by his military experiences as a French military officer and attache in China, Greece, Southeast Asia, and Algeria, the author realized the “need for a compass” galulx the suppression of insurgency, and he set out to “define the laws of counterinsurgency warfare, to deduce from them its principles, and to outline the corresponding strategy and tactics.


Please Support Our Fundraising Drive. He distinguished himself by applying personal tactics in counterinsurgency to his sector countrinsurgency Kabylieat Djebel Mimoun, [5] near Tigzirteffectively eliminating the nationalist insurgency in his sector and earning accelerated promotion from this point. The Phoenix program Douglas Valentine Snippet view – While he acknowledges the importance of conventional military tactics in counterinsurgency, he focuses primarily on ways to build cojnterinsurgency effective “political machine” capable of garnering the support of the people.

Infiltration of the Insurgent Movement.

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Citing Beyond Intractability resources. In April dounterinsurgency, he was captured by Chinese Communists during a solo trip into the interior. Theory and Practice Westport, Connecticut: There he continued his warm relationship with Jacques Guillermazan officer from an old French military family with whom he had served in France.