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This volume in the Praeger Security International (PSI) series Classics of the Counterinsurgency Era defines the laws of insurgency and outlines the strategy and tactics to combat such threats. 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, military analysts, and members of the public look to the counterinsurgency era of the 1960s for lessons to apply to the current situation in Iraq and Afghanistan. With a new foreword by John A. Nagl, author of Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam (Praeger, 2002).

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is a soldier's book, written by a professional with a classical military education. . . . [i]t has become required reading for students of warfare generally, and especially for soldiers and policymakers dealing with the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq."



"The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is not withering away for lack of a mission, says Moore, but is ascending from triumph to triumph. She describes how, under the first President Bush and President Clinton, it increased democracy and unity in Europe, and since 9/11 has extended its efforts beyond Europe to birth a new political order in parts of the world suffering from instability."


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"One sign of an expert is the ability to clearly and concisely analyze and explain his subject. LTC David Galula's Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice achieves both goals admirably. . . . Counterinsurgency Warfare should be required reading for every military officer and noncommissioned officer, as well as today's political leaders. Armed with Galula's insightful wisdom, the American military can be armed against the mistakes of Vietnam and Iraq."


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275992699
  • Publisher: ABC-Clio, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/1/2006
  • Series: PSI Classics of the Counterinsurgency Era Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,464,011
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID GALULA (1919-1967) was born to French parents in Tunisia and raised in Morocco, earning his baccalaureat in Casablanca and attending the military academy at Saint-Cyr. Graduated on the eve of World War II, he saw action in North Africa, Italy, and France. 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. Colonel Galula was stationed in Algeria at the time of the revolt by the French army. Shortly before retiring he wrote Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice, while in residence at the Center for International Affairs, Harvard University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword   John A. Nagl     vii
Introduction     xi
Revolutionary War: Nature and Characteristics     1
What Is a Revolutionary War?     1
Revolution, Plot, Insurgency     2
Insurgency and Civil War     2
Asymmetry Between the Insurgent and the Counterinsurgent     3
Objective: The Population     4
Revolutionary War Is a Political War     4
Gradual Transition from Peace to War     5
Revolutionary War Is a Protracted War     6
Insurgency Is Cheap, Counterinsurgency Costly     6
Fluidity of the Insurgent, Rigidity of the Counterinsurgent     7
The Power of Ideology     8
Propaganda-A One-Sided Weapon     9
Revolutionary War Remains Unconventional Until the End     9
The Prerequisites for a Successful Insurgency     11
A Cause     11
Weakness of the Counterinsurgent     16
Geographic Conditions     23
Outside Support     25
The Insurgency Doctrine     29
Strategic Patterns for Insurgency     29
The Orthodox Pattern (Communist)     30
The Bourgeois-Nationalist Pattern: A Shortcut     39
Vulnerability of the Insurgent in the Orthodox Pattern     41
Vulnerability of the Insurgent in the Shortcut Pattern     42
Counterinsurgency in the Cold Revolutionary War     43
Direct Action Against the Insurgent     44
Indirect Action Against the Insurgent     45
Infiltration of the Insurgent Movement     46
Strengthening the Political Machine     47
Counterinsurgency in the Hot Revolutionary War     49
Laws and Principles of Counterinsurgency Warfare     50
Strategy of the Counterinsurgency     55
From Strategy to Tactics     61
Command Problems     61
Selection of the Area of Efforts     61
Political Preparation     71
The First Area as a Test Area     73
The Operations     75
The First Step: Destruction or Expulsion of the Insurgent Forces     75
The Second Step: Deployment of the Static Unit     77
The Third Step: Contact with and Control of the Population     81
The Fourth Step: Destruction of the Insurgent Political Organization     86
The Fifth Step: Local Elections     89
The Sixth Step: Testing the Local Leaders     90
The Seventh Step: Organizing a Party      92
The Eighth Step: Winning Over or Suppressing the Last Guerrillas     93
Concluding Remarks     95
Index     101
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  • Posted February 3, 2009

    Essential for Counterinsurgency, Counterterrorism, or even Counter-Gang personnel

    Although the book focuses on counterinsurgency, the lessons are also relevant to counterterrorism and counter-gang efforts. Main point: support of the population is key to victory - and it must be sustained over the long-term to prevent recurrence.<BR/><BR/>The book should be required reading for anyone in management or leadership positions in organizations concerned with these topics.

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