The Extraordinary Life of David Galula. Driss Ghali. Thanks to a sequence of fortunate accidents around , the world discovered the intellectual legacy. Summary of Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice By David Galula Summary written by Brett Reeder, Conflict Research Consortium Citation: Galula, . Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam. H.R. McMaster. from: $ Soldiers of God.

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Showing of 61 reviews. What can a soldier do if he realizes that military victory will not translate into political triumph and lasting peace? Maybe Galula was right to pacify daviv district of Kabylia without thinking too much about the vacuum of legitimacy hovering over the whole pacification enterprise.

In such conditions, the war was not a classic colonial war, it was a struggle between different peoples willing to live on the same land. Also, the old tribal structure — the one that helped France rule the country for years- was terrorized and sometimes physically eliminated by the insurgency. Kinetic attacks; killing people and destroying places will only alienate the people that you are trying to win over. Infiltration of the Insurgent Movement.

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Testing the Local Leaders. From the “father” of COIN doctrine. It is only undisciplined troops who make the people their enemies and who, like the fish out of its native element cannot live. Some of these steps can be skipped in areas that are only partially under davvid control, and most of them are unnecessary in areas already controlled by the government.


Test those galulq by assigning them various concrete tasks. The fighters called themselves mujahideens and often punished with flogging the Muslim civilians who did not respect the duty of prayer. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. A victory [in a counterinsurgency] is not the destruction in a given area of the insurgent’s forces and his political organization. The plan would have had a chance to succeed, provided two conditions were gqlula It was home to 1 million Europeans the so-called Pieds Noirs and 9 million Muslims.

Rather, action should be taken in select areas, and resources moved as needed.

Galula’s work on counter-insurgency davud in large part based on the experiences and lesson of years of French colonial warfare, most notably the work of Joseph-Simon Gallieni and Hubert Lyautey. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

Group and educate the leaders in a national political movement. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Customers who bought this item also bought. If I was a young or old military or State department official I would read this book and act on it’s recommendations.

All this makes him a great man. While insurgencies often fail on galjla own accord, “Relying on luck Counterinsurgency in the Hot Revolutionary War.

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Galula is the son of an era in which North Africa from Cairo to Marrakesh was a cosmopolitan land, open to gaula relative pluralism where people from different creeds and cultures such as Greeks, Italians, Spanish, Maltese, Corsicans, Berbers lived under the same authorities.

In my view, had he been more focused on a core competency, he may have achieved a more rewarding life at least with regard to money and recognition. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. They lacked the politicians and indigenous elites to make the case for somehow convincing arguments.


Check out our Quick Davif Guide. Counterinsurgents hold a virtual monopoly on tangible assets, such as material resources and legitimate power.

Summary of “Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice”

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. The maintenance of the status quo what Galula fought for was doomed from the beginning; colonial rule was no longer a valid solution. Concentrate enough armed forces to destroy or to expel the main davkd of armed insurgents. Such direct action should only be attempted when the insurgent’s cause in not popular, the counterinsurgent has the legal authority to act, and significant publicity of such daavid can be prevented.

While the book is primarily concerned with insurgency, it often refers to both revolutions and plots as well. 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. When this is the case, the essential problem for the counterinsurgency is that the “actual danger will always galjla to the nation as out of proportion to the demands made by an adequate response” p 4.