The 9-11 Syndrome describes a problem Americans have in resolving to prepare against new and different threats before they occur. This syndrome is detailed as a pattern of societal behavior that requires murderous attacks and other elements before effective action can be taken. However, a major future challenge is on the horizon in which the pattern doesnt work, a third challenge on the order of a Pearl Harbor or a 9-11 -- a Pearl Harbor in space that would leave America without access to space, living beneath a virtual laser curtain.
Many concrete differences in this type of challenge indicate that unless America breaks with the pattern and takes prior preventive measures, Americans may awaken to learn they have no reasonable options for recovering after-the-fact. If the Syndrome can be overcome, the book describes specific alternatives that will be available- otherwise, Americans may have only the ability to threaten potentially grave terrestrial wars or to do nothing of substance and watch America in terminal decline.