It is expected that this would facilitate the management and planning of a focused, coordinated, cost-effective national program, the development of the necessary technologies, and eventual down-selection among driver options and target designs. A single program office would also facilitate the transition of the national IFE program from a science- and technology-based R&D program in the near term to an engineering-based development program in the long term.

In the interim, while IFE is being funded by several offices, it is important to utilize to the maximum extent possible existing facilities in the NNSA and Office of Fusion Energy Sciences programs to minimize costs as much as possible. This will also be true if a national IFE program is established.



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