US Congress Directive
On May 4th, 2016, the United States Congress released NDAA Report 114-537 what it contained came as quite a shock. I and many others have been skeptical but hopeful of Low Energy Nuclear Reaction technology. There have been many players in the field and names such as Andrea Rossi have brought a certain level of doubt to it’s validity.
However, behind the scenes, many other nations, research groups, and universities have been working tirelessly in the race to create a viable tech. Their work has not gone unnoticed by the US National Defense Agency. They seem a bit concerned about the national security aspects of such a disruptive technology. The report dated 4 May 2016 includes a paragraph that explicitly directs the US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter to “provide a briefing on the military utility of recent U.S. industrial base LENR advancements to the House Committee on Armed Services by September 22, 2016. This briefing should examine the current state of research in the United States, how that compares to work being done internationally, and an assessment of the type of military applications where this technology could potentially be useful.”
I find this to news to be quite encouraging and my hope for a truly renewable, clean, and cheap source of energy for our future. LENR power realized would change practically every aspect of society and render traditional energy sources obsolete. What worries me about this is what restrictions will be imposed under the guise of National Security. This term has been abused all too often in the past in order to protect the power and profits of the establishment. Change is in the wind and one can only hope that it won’t be squashed like the past.