Strategy vs Tactics

Strategy - Tactic Difference in Military Usage

Militaries often make a distinction between strategy and tactics. Strategy involves planning, during war and peace times, preparing for the unexpected for greater security and future victory. Tactics, on the other hand, deals with carrying out the objectives laid out in strategy — i.e., accurately and efficiently deploying troops and military equipment to combat zones.




Larger, overall plan that can comprise several tactics.

Plans, tasks, or procedures that can be carried out; may be part of a larger strategy.


Broad, "big picture".

Narrow, "close-up"


Over time, long periods of time, future-oriented.

Soon or present


Planning where to send the troops to win the war.

How soldiers should run in a zigzag pattern to decrease the chance of being shot.