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Tactics is the collective name for methods of winning a small-scale conflict, performing an optimization, etc. This applies specifically to warfare, but also to economics, trade, games and a host of other fields such as negotiation.

Tactics and Strategy are often confused.

  • Tactics are the actual means used to gain a goal.
  • Strategy is the overall plan.

An example of the difference:

  • The overall goal is to enhance your group's power by winning sympathy from people for your cause.
  • The strategy is to engage in many conflicts and lose.
  • The tactics (told to the combatants) are to do very specific things in a specific place.

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Last updated: 05-03-2005 17:50:55