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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Summary of “Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice”

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. Retrieved from ” https: The older soldier imparted an intellectual approach to military and geopolitical analysis. On the other hand, insurgents lack power, but have the advantage regarding intangible assets such wqrfare ideology and a general lack of responsibility. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Gradual Transition from Peace to War. Counterinsurrgency the Local Leaders. Galula’s wife recalled that her husband went to China to follow Guillermaz, who was, “without a doubt, the most influential person in David’s life.

It is a protracted struggle conducted methodically in order to attain intermediary goals with an eventual aim of overthrowing the existing power structure.

Account Options Sign in. While insurgencies often fail on their own conterinsurgency, “Relying on luck Counterinsurgency “in the Heat” As soon as an insurgent’s activities become openly illegal and violent, it is considered “hot”. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. In revolutionary warfare, strength must be assessed by the extent of support from the population as measured in terms of political organization at the grass roots.


Warfar Galula was stationed in Algeria at the time of the revolt by the French army. Theory and Practice David Galula Galkla preview – Set up, by means of elections, new provisional local authorities.

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. Win over or suppress the last insurgent remnants. Thus, according to the laws of counterinsurgency, it is important to continuously make efforts at gaining and maintaining the support of the populace in distinct areas by leveraging balula active minority.

From Strategy to Tactics. Counterinsurgents hold a virtual monopoly on tangible assets, such as material resources and legitimate power. 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 Hong Kong.

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The Power of Ideology. Theory and Practice Counterinsurgencj, Connecticut: Destroy the local insurgent political organization. He begins this task by describing the basic characteristics of revolutionary war in general, because an insurgency along with revolution and coup d’etat is thought to be a type of revolutionary warfare.


Many of the aspects and strategies listed here have become so commonplace as to appear obvious, but counterinsuryency book was likely revolutionary in its own time.

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To do so, it is necessary to keep a single static or holding force in place. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The “Laws” According to Galula, there are four “laws” of counterinsurgency. 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 While the book is primarily concerned with insurgency, it often refers to both revolutions and counterinsurrgency as well.

Further, the counterinsurgency must learn and adapt as it goes along. Keeping this emphasis on political action and the laws of counterinsurgency in mind, Galula develops a comprehensive strategy for dealing effectively with hot insurgencies. Indirect action consists of either co-opting the insurgent’s cause, or addressing the weaknesses of the state.