Counterinsurgency Warfare Theory and Practice

ISBN-10: 0275993035

ISBN-13: 9780275993030

Edition: 2006

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Description: Inspired by his 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." His book provides an analysis of how to countermine insurgency and the elements that might hinder its defeat. Written in 1964, the book in its new printing is as relevant now as it was 40 years ago-providing a template for the defeat of today's insurgents and terrorists.

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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 8/30/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

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.

John A. Nagl is a retired lieutenant colonel of the U.S. Army. A graduate of West Point and a Rhodes Scholar, he received his Ph.D. from St. Antony's College, Oxford, where he wrote his thesis on counterinsurgency in Malaya and Vietnam. Nagl served as the military assistant to deputy secretaries of Defense Paul Wolfowitz and Gordon England, where he coauthored the U.S. Army and Marine Corps counterinsurgency field manual with generals David Petraeus and James M. Mattis. He is the former president of the Center for a New American Security and the ninth headmaster of the Haverford School in Pennsylvania.

Revolutionary War: Nature and Characteristics
What Is a Revolutionary War?
Revolution, Plot, Insurgency
Insurgency and Civil War
Asymmetry Between the Insurgent and the Counterinsurgent
Objective: The Population
Revolutionary War Is a Political War
Gradual Transition from Peace to War
Revolutionary War Is a Protracted War
Insurgency Is Cheap, Counterinsurgency Costly
Fluidity of the Insurgent, Rigidity of the Counterinsurgent
The Power of Ideology
Propaganda-A One-Sided Weapon
Revolutionary War Remains Unconventional Until the End
The Prerequisites for a Successful Insurgency
A Cause
Weakness of the Counterinsurgent
Geographic Conditions
Outside Support
The Insurgency Doctrine
Strategic Patterns for Insurgency
The Orthodox Pattern (Communist)
The Bourgeois-Nationalist Pattern: A Shortcut
Vulnerability of the Insurgent in the Orthodox Pattern
Vulnerability of the Insurgent in the Shortcut Pattern
Counterinsurgency in the Cold Revolutionary War
Direct Action Against the Insurgent
Indirect Action Against the Insurgent
Infiltration of the Insurgent Movement
Strengthening the Political Machine
Counterinsurgency in the Hot Revolutionary War
Laws and Principles of Counterinsurgency Warfare
Strategy of the Counterinsurgency
From Strategy to Tactics
Command Problems
Selection of the Area of Efforts
Political Preparation
The First Area as a Test Area
The Operations
The First Step: Destruction or Expulsion of the Insurgent Forces
The Second Step: Deployment of the Static Unit
The Third Step: Contact with and Control of the Population
The Fourth Step: Destruction of the Insurgent Political Organization
The Fifth Step: Local Elections
The Sixth Step: Testing the Local Leaders
The Seventh Step: Organizing a Party
The Eighth Step: Winning Over or Suppressing the Last Guerrillas
Concluding Remarks
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