Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006 - Technology & Engineering - 106 pages
This book provides an analysis of how to countermine insurgency and the elements that might hinder its defeat. 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" in 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." Written in 1964, the book in its new printing is as relevant now as it was forty years ago. Counterinsurgency Warfare provides the template for the defeat of today's insurgents and terrorists.
 

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Contents

Revolutionary War Nature and Characteristics
1
Revolution Plot Insurgency
2
Asymmetry Between the Insurgent and the Counterinsurgent
3
The Population
4
Gradual Transition from Peace to War
5
Revolutionary War Is a Protracted War
6
Fluidity of the Insurgent Rigidity of the Counterinsurgent
7
The Power of Ideology
8
Infiltration of the Insurgent Movement
46
Strengthening the Political Machine
47
Counterinsurgency in the Hot Revolutionary War
49
Laws and Principals of Counterinsurgency Warfare
50
Strategy of the Counterinsurgency
55
From Strategy to Tactics
61
Selection of the Area of Efforts
67
Political Preparation
71

PropagandaA OneSided Weapon
9
The Prerequisites for a Successful Insurgency
11
Weakness of the Counterinsurgent
16
Geographic Conditions
23
Outside Support
25
The Insurgency Doctrine
29
The Orthodox Pattern Communist
30
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
The First Area as a Test Area
73
The Operations
75
Development of the Static Unit
77
Contract with the Control of the Population
81
Destruction of the Insurgent Political Organization
86
Local Elections
89
Testing the Local Leaders
90
Organizing a Party
92
Winning Over or Suppressing the Last Guerrillas
93
Concluding Remarks
95
Index
101
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About the author (2006)

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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