War has as its ultimate objective the destruction of the enemy's military and naval strength which can be accomplished only thru battle. Strategy dictates when and where battles are to be fought, while Tactics employs the available forces in battle.
Nimitz, Chester W.
Naval War College Review: Vol. 35
, Article 4.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol35/iss6/4