The U.S. Department of Energy has granted an accumulated 36.4 Million Dollars to multiple U.S. scientists and the defense contractor General Atomics for continued research on nuclear fusion. General Atomics owns the  DIII-D National Fusion Facility which is the largest magnetic fusion user facility in the United States. Meanwhile, a researcher working for the First Light Fusion company in the United Kingdom reports a successful test of their new pulsed power machine. Both of these reports are indications of the growing push for Nuclear Fusion around the world with programs in the European Union, U.S., Russia, Japan, China, Brazil, Canada, and Korea. If these programs succeed then humanity will be able to harness the power of the sun by fussing Hydrogen Atoms together to produce energy (4 times as much as traditional Nuclear Fission). If the research is successful, nuclear fusion reactors will replace traditional fossil fuel power plants that run on Coal and Natural gas, as well as traditional fission reactors. Furthermore, it could lower the cost of electricity to the point where electric powered vehicles may be more practical than ones that run on gasoline or oil.

The need to obtain and protect natural fuel resources like coal, natural gas, and oil has been a security concern for many countries around the world and is a large part of the world economy. If those resources become obsolete, the power dynamics around the world will shift in new directions and could bring new threats and concerns to the forefront. That all being said, we will still have to wait for at least 20 years before nuclear Fusion becomes viable, so any security concerns related to the topic are a long way off.

–John Reinboldt, 8/31/2018