- intended to render the enemy incapable of making war, as by the destruction of materials, factories, etc.: a strategic bombing mission.
- essential to the conduct of a war: Copper is a strategic material.
Origin of strategic
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“It seems to me that the operative questions are political and strategic, not legal,” said the former administration official.
After years of strategic drift, the U.S. military may finally have a path to maintain its edge over countries like China.The Pentagon May Finally Have a Plan to Keep America on Top|Bill Sweetman|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Of course, every nuclear capable air force runs exercises to practice its so-called “strategic deterrence.”Are Russian Bombers Flying Nuclear Drills Near Europe—Or Just Testing NATO’s Defenses?|Dave Majumdar|October 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“The strategic problem posed by [ISIS] is different than that in Afghanistan,” one former senior Air Force official said.Air Force Pilots Say They're Flying Blind Against ISIS|Dave Majumdar|October 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Turkey would do well to remember that as it weighs its strategic options.Dear Turkish PM: It’s Time to Act to Save Kobani’s Kurds|Bahman Ghobani|October 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Federals were moving with rapid gait to this strategic point, but Lee having the inner line, was first on the field.History of Kershaw's Brigade|D. Augustus Dickert
Strategic railways were built for the speedy transportation of troops.The Story of Russia|R. Van Bergen, M.A.
The pack, made of both canvas and leather and with straps at strategic intervals, was huge.Trading Jeff and his Dog|James Arthur Kjelgaard
Our forces will be prepared for rapid deployment to any region of strategic significance.
Juve and Fandor followed a few minutes later and took up a strategic position at a table near the doorway.The Exploits of Juve|Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain