US Secretary of Defense Directed to Provide a Briefing on LENR to the US House Armed Services Committee

Thanks to Giovanniweb for posting an excerpt from a report on the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Armed Services which discusses LENR. The full document, published on May 4, 2016 can be found here. Here’s the relevant text on page 87:

The committee is aware of recent positive developments in developing low-energy nuclear reactions (LENR), which produce ultra- clean, low-cost renewable energy that have strong national security implications. For example, according to the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), if LENR works it will be a ‘‘disruptive technology that could revolutionize energy production and storage.’’ The committee is also aware of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s (DARPA) findings that other countries including China and India are moving forward with LENR programs of their own and that Japan has actually created its own investment fund to promote such technology. DIA has also assessed that Japan and Italy are leaders in the field and that Russia, China, Israel, and India are now devoting significant resources to LENR development. To better understand the national security implications of these de- velopments, the committee directs the Secretary of Defense 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.

So LENR is getting an official mention here, and this committee is “directing” the Secretary of Defense to prepare a full briefing to the committee of the current status of LENR in the United States. It will be very interesting to read this report. It should certainly mention the work of Andrea Rossi, and it’s possible by that time that the ERV report will have been released, and the E-Cat QuarkX will have been demonstrated. Probably lots of the work we have been following with other researchers the replications that we have been following will also be brought up.

Having the US Defense department and Armed Services committee discussing LENR in terms of national security implications is going to be interesting. If they are seeing India, China and Japan getting involved in LENR research programs could be a motivation for the US to follow suit.

All in time for the general election in November.

Here’s a link to the relevant part of the document:

  • Kapricorn4

    For some time I have been envisaging going into my local hardware store and buying a cigarette box that I plug into a wall socket in my house that will provide all the electricity I need for the next twenty years. If this sounds outrageous, then consider the early Star Trek episodes of 1966 where the crew of the USS Enterprise each have flip cell phones that do not seem to need re-charging.

  • greggoble


    This news got me interested, so I put together a compilation of U.S. Government LENR made public which I think will provide the elements of the report by the U.S. Secretary of Defense, Ashton Baldwin “Ash” Carter. He is known as the ‘deputy commander in chief’ and under direct command of President Obama, one could say this is the presidents’ report

    Got to wondering what the U.S. Secretary of Defense was like. I found he was head of DOD R&D during the filing of the Naval/SPAWAR LENR patents and the DIA LENR report.. He is a really bright guy, a scientist.

    He was Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics from April 2009 to October 2011, with responsibility for procurement of all technology, systems, services, and supplies, bases and infrastructure, energy, and environment, and more than $50 billion annually in R&D.

    I think he will have a very positive report. Here is the compilation…
    2016 US Congress LENR Report and the Department of Defense Commander in Chief “What Will Obama Say?”

  • greggoble

    Thanks for this to consider… Great idea.

  • be carefull with piketty work.
    It seems to be erroneous and just catch interest by those needing to justify preconceptions. (policy driven science )

    De soto is not tender with him, reminding his vision on capital is childish

    other economist raise more technical concerns (errors).
    some also remind that in modern economy the rich don’t stay so rich so long if they are entrepreneurs (they stay rich, but 10x less because of wind changes).
    they als raise facts that some income are just virtual like shares of your company that you cannot sell.
    as De Soto raise, most of said income is pure hot air exchanged as if it was real.

    pikety live in Marx period where capitalist were stable and exploiting a work class…
    not current total mess, nor the complex capitalist-worker income of poor people in emerging countries.

    Piketty is the ITER of economy.

    I bet on De Soto as the LEBr of economics.

    • greggoble

      LENR, 3D-printing, Drone Cargo etc… Economies will have to evolve as labor needs decrease…

      “A Basic Income Is Smarter Than a Minimum Wage”
      APRIL 1, 2016 Bloomberg News by Leonid Bershidsky

    • pangoo

      I wouldn’t say so. He and others have done major work with their collection of data. It would be wrong to dismiss his findings when he seems to be one of the few economists who has analysed most of the historical data on income. It may not be fully accurate but to be fair he has admitted some flaws.

      People seem to get distracted by his politics when the most important thing to take is the acceleration in inequality since the 80’s. Bound to lead to political instability (Trump/Sanders appealing to US lower classes is an example). Seeing as the last time levels were this high was before two world wars, its probably a good idea to look into his work!

      De Soto in the article talks about entrepreneurs that would be starting businesses which I don’t think Piketty is against. It’s the most important part of capitalism. You have different types of entrepreneurs too. I mean the majority will never make it big and can’t. Only so many genius new ideas and innovations to go around. Especially with the way information flows over the internet now. That also adds to the top percentiles ability to concentrate wealth. Through intelligent wealth management.

      Would agree with you on virtual wealth at the moment. Printing billions that ends up in share buybacks and property is false stimulation of the economy and trying to avoid an inevitable unwinding of rampant speculation.

  • kdk

    When their interests align, you’d be surprised. Wait, watch and listen in the years to come. When their interests don’t align, they pull shenanigans on each other as quickly as on us.

  • US_Citizen71

    I think that the world needs to be educated on what fission truly is. Even you downplay the fact that the Li7 + p > 2 He4 + 91.84kev is a man made fission reaction. Walton and Cockcroft were awarded a Nobel Prize for discovering and achieving this reaction so referring to it as merely alpha decay seems like white washing. There has been a tremendous effort by both governments and private groups to paint fission as a deadly and dangerous effect in order to fulfill agendas, but much of this fear mongering only applies to fission caused by neutrons. Rossi has not stumbled upon a new source of generating energy but instead a method for producing energy from an old one by a new and efficient means. From nearly the beginning Rossi has stated what was going on he just hasn’t been able to explain the how and why. In short the world in general needs to get over its fear of the word “Fission” if LENR as it currently is being pursued is ever going to flourish.

    Getting back to your ending question: “can you tell me honestly that you do not ever get exasperated at the Star Wars Sci-Fi fantasy pseudo-science that you see thrown around….” Yes some of it can get tiring, but I view discussion boards like this one to be public brainstorming sessions. One of the basic rules of brainstorming is not to be too critical of suggestions and ideas as no matter how off base one might be it may trigger another one that is the answer. I often wonder what the world would be like today if greats such as Einstein and Tesla would have had access to boards like this one to help fuel their creativity.