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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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The former may be likened to water the latter to the fish who inhabit it. Born in Morocco 37 years ago, Driss comes from a family with a strong military and public service background. This “compass” is comprised of the laws and principals of counterinsurgency warfare, and corresponding strategy and tactics. 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.

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A successful insurgency requires a viable cause to rally support. However, he cautions that the lessons of this book do not guarantee success and that, “As long as the revolutionary situation exists, even in a dormant form, halula long as the problem that gave rise to the insurgency has not been eliminated, the danger persists” p Strategy of the Counterinsurgency. Indeed, a counterinsurgency exists only in reaction to an insurgency. Though potentially quite effective, such action can backfire and anger the general population.


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Colonel Galula was stationed in Algeria at the time of the revolt by the French army. He may have felt compelled to serve his country from the outside both geographically Asia, Algeria and from the conceptual point of view studying counter-insurgency instead of nuclear dissuasion. Weakness of the Counterinsurgent.

This may have to do with him being born in a French colony and in a marginalized community North-African Jewish. The counterinsurgent reaches a position of strength when his power is embedded in a political organization issuing from, and firmly supported by, the population.

The first law is that the population is paramount. The Muslims had access to virtually no schools, no healthcare and no government jobs. The Intractable Conflict Challenge Find out what you can do to help society more constructively handle the intractable conflicts that are making so many problems insoluble. If I was a young or old military or State department official I would read this book and act on it’s recommendations. Army Command and General Staff College.

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Please try again later. France in the s and s had a superb military and administrative apparatus fueled by extraordinary individuals, davod of them ambitious and well-prepared. S delivered administrative services, social assistance and local development projects. This requires political programs aimed at placating the insurgent’s base.


Yet the grassroots results ravid by the SAS had no chance to fuel a nation-wide dynamic for the lack of available elites. The military eradicated the rebels and won back the control of the population but they had no appealing cause to promote. Start reading Counterinsurgency Warfare on your Kindle in under a minute.

Summary of “Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice”

The other shortcoming is that Galula was writing in the s. Unfortunately, an insurgent’s cause is often impossible for a state to adopt, without relinquishing its power. He may have climbed the ranking files faster if he had acted in one way or another.

Galula grew up in the booming Casablanca of the s where colonialism was synonym of access galual elite education and social progress at least galyla some groups of people. From Strategy to Tactics.

Besides, the French-speaking readership is gaalula far from hearing about Galula. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The Power of Ideology.