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Strategy

Strategy is the science and art of selecting military objectives that are within the capability of one's military forces and which will most effectively accomplish the purposes of a campaign or a war. It is distinct from tactics, which is the science and art of organizing and employing military forces. Strategy is thus concerned with the "big picture", while tactics is concerned with local military operations.

The strategy employed by a particular military force will usually reflect the national culture behind the military force. Thus, the Japanese were obsessed with a national strategy for a Pacific war based on a Great Decisive Battle modeled after the battle of Tsushima, a decisive victory against the Russians in 1905 which had a powerful place in Japanese national pride and military culture.

References

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms (accessed 2011-6-15)

Dupuy et al. (1986)



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