"The story, or narrative, of the September 11 attacks exists on a variety of different levels and has significantly different elements depending on what actors have created the narrative. But if the story is complicated, it indisputably the case that the United States has formulated a dramatic and new set of strategic priorities that flowed from the September 11th attacks. Scholars and students alike can now pore over a corpus of strategy documents that have been helpfully released by the Bush Administration in the last four years that identify 'terrorism' as the pre-eminent threatening feature of the discombobulated international environment. The impact of the September 11th attacks on strategy cannot be under-estimated. Before 9/11 combating terrorism was one of only a number of strategic priorities"now it reigns pre-eminent. The nations National Military Strategy, for example, matter of factly states that 'winning the war on terrorism' now constitutes the top priority for the nations military and is the single most important mission around which to structure and organize the nations defense policy."
Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Contemporary Conflict: http://www.ccc.nps.navy.mil
Strategic Insights (March 2005), v.4 no.3