Friday, April 13, 2007

Galula and Counterinsurgency

David Galula's 1964 work on counter-insurgency has received lots of attention in recent years. Learn a little more about it here below.

Available at the CARL Counter Insurgency: Theory and Practice by David Galula

CGSC Students and Faculty can also read Galula online at this link from Praeger Security International.

Exerpt of book review by Terence Daly, Military review Sep-Oct 2006 "We know that Galula's main claim--you defeat an insurgency by controlling the target population--works. It worked for Galula when he commanded an understrength French infantry company in the harsh terrain of the Kabylia in Algeria, and it worked for the U.S. 3 d Armored Cavalry Regiment (ACR) in Tal Afar in Iraq.(3) The 3d ACR was required to read Counterinsurgency Warfare before it deployed. The book's lessons were suitably modified for the conditions the regiment was about to face, and then used to inform the planning and execution of their successful campaign to subdue the insurgency in Tal Afar. Currently, Galula's ideas pervade the new counterinsurgency manuals that are being developed for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps." Full review

Key excerpts from Galula's Counter Insurgency

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