The article outlines the essence of strategic planning by analyzing the relationship between the main terms and concepts, such as strategy and strategic plan, management and planning, long-term and strategic planning and analyzes the existing system of strategic leadership of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other military units.
The differences between long-term and strategic planning are systematized. The table of differences between long-term and strategic planning is given as well.
The issues of strategic leadership of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other components of the defense forces are described in detail.
Key words: strategy, strategic planning, plan, management, state (military) management, management, long-term plan, strategic leadership, management system.