LENR Essay Wins U.S Naval Institute Award

Thanks to E48 for uncovering an interesting tweet by Lewis Larsen:

The United States Naval Institute sponsors an annual essay contest on The Emerging & Disruptive Technologies.

The winners are announced here:


First Prize: “An Ace for All Seasons: As Third Offset Technologies Mature, Aspiring Naval Aviators Need to Be Ready to Lead Autonomous Systems into Battle”

By Lieutenant (j.g.) Mark Jbeily, U.S. Navy

Second Prize: “Low Energy Nuclear Reactions: A Potential New Source of Energy to Facilitate Emergent/Disruptive Technologies”

By Michael Ravnitzky

Third Prize: “Artificial Intelligence for Distributed Lethality”

By Lieutenant Commander Jacob Wilson, U.S. Navy

The NAVSEA (Naval Sea Systems Command) Facebook page has a picture of Michael Ravnitzky receiving the award.

So far I have been unable to find a copy of the essay, but the tweet above says it will be posted at some point in the future.

  • orsobubu

    Most interesting is where all this thing is heading, low-energy-nuclear-radiation driven robots, roaming the battle fields with artificial intelligence for distributed lethality, supervised by aspiring aviators eager to lead them into the future massacres.

    • cashmemorz

      Military tends to get first dibs on the latest tech. This is one more way to be the first in line.

    • Bob Greenyer

      Why did they develop “Stealth” technology?

      No. Why was it really developed?

    • psi2u2

      How charming.

      • causal observer

        That’s why they call it “artificial” intelligence.

  • jaman73
    • psi2u2

      How interesting that Steven Krivit is the one to get into Scientific American.

      • causal observer

        Kind of like “Only Nixon could go to China” (or only DJT could go to NK.)

        It might be even more interesting for Mssr. Krivit when Rossi releases his product, and people start digging into the archives.

      • Engineer48

        Hi Psi,

        Do note the other author of the SA post. Yes it is the guy who won the Navy prize above. Michael Ravnitzky.


    • causal observer

      Big deal that SA would allow it even as a guest post.

  • Buck

    Over the years, Stirling engines have been repeatedly associated with Rossi’s Ecat as having a strong potential benefit. As part of the conversation, the Kockum’s Stirling engine as used in the Gotlund class of Swedish submarines has been highlighted as being one of the most advanced forms of this type of engine.

    The following video is the best I’ve ever seen describing the workings of a Stirling engine as well as the Gotlund class of submarine’s capability to upend the current status quo. I think the Navy might be interested . . . it gives them a chance to buy a whole new fleet of invisible submarines . . . and who can guess at what it does to retrofitting the current nuclear naval assets.

    Link>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saCdvAp5cow&t=1s

    • Omega Z

      J.R. wrote a little story about LENR and it’s effect on society. One thing he seemed to take joy in was that it would be a great equalizer for poor countries. They could take down 80 Million$ aircraft with cheap drones. Aside from having very little impact, he apparently doesn’t consider the fact that a nation that can build 80 Million$ aircraft can build a multitude of it’s own and smarter drones to take their drones out. This is already in the pipeline and the threat hasn’t even arrived yet.

      War Games. The primary purpose of which is to teach different military elements to work collaboratively and seamlessly together. The second is to find flaws in strategy. As to submarines, the focus is on detecting them before they can fire weapons. All the submariner needs to do is locate you and lock in a firing solution. This is considered a kill for the soul purpose to pressure the opponent to detect them first.

      A firing solution is not a confirmed kill in the real world. There are counter measures and unknown to most, U.S. Carriers have their own underwater tethered drones that can disconnect and intercept torpedoes. LENR will only increase their numbers and can operate autonomously. These drones are also planned for all U.S. military ships in the future.

      As to the Submarine. It is and always has been a psychological weapon do to their stealth and never knowing if there present. However, among submariners, it is an accepted fact that once they fire a torpedo, it’s become a suicide mission and likely will never return home. More so now then ever.

      A 90’s TV show, SeaQuest dsv had drones that they called whiskers,

      • Buck


        I think you and I see it in a similar fashion. For me, the major reason we even know of this story rather than it being kept quiet as a state secret, is that it has now been addressed by the Navy. From this perspective, this story communicates that the US Navy is now prepared for this enhanced “invisible” submarine; the odds of any sort of success has been greatly reduced.

        • Engineer48

          Hi Buck,

          Fairly clear the UD Gov via US Navy and NASA are starting to decloke thier interest and research in LENR.

          Well the LENR tech that is owned by the US Navy and developed by the SPAWAR team.

          That LENR tech is publicly going commercial.

          The relevant ICCF-21 papers by GEC/JWK make that VERY CLEAR.

          • Buck

            Yes . . . and we get to watch history unfold.

  • causal observer

    First question: credibilty.
    Quick review of the site, “history”
    > founded in 1873
    > 100,000 “constituents” ( subscribers? members?)
    > on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy

    Well, it only got second prize…

  • psi2u2

    One more sign of the times.

  • Ice Nine

    I was lucky enough to attend a BLP demo day a few years ago, and one of the the things that struck me as I listened ( and tried my best to slip in a smart ass remark) to the rep from a military think tank do a question and answer session, is that they have been a contributor of substantial financial resources to Dr Mills endeavour, and expect to be the first to get the chance to utilize his technology. Im sure said think tank rep is waiting with bated breath as Mr Rossi marches onward.

  • Engineer48

    It seems NASA plans to test space based LENR reactors developed by GEC, who have licensed the SPAWAR LENR tech and have a few of the SPAWAR scientists working with them.



    Good to see the SPAWAR guys will get their revenge.

    Note article 3 of the 2nd pdf with min demonstrated Excess Heat requirements.

    It seems GEC did, at their lab, an Excess Heat demo for NASA.

    Now GEC need to set up the gear in NASA’s lab and for NASA people to repeat the test run and measure excess heat.

    Original GEC demo to NASA must have been very convincing for NASA to enter this public agreement.

    • Andreas Moraitis

      The second link does not work for me, this one seems to be correct: https://www.nasa.gov/saa/domestic/24839_SAA3-1529-1.pdf

      • Engineer48

        Hi Andreas,


        Thanks for the heads up.

    • greggoble

      Also, it seems they will be performing a test of the reactor/generator device in the cryogenic space test lab.

      I wanted to understand the relationship between NASA Glen Research Center and the U.S. Department of Defense. I found they have a strong relationship and that NASA GRC is particularly well suited to merge all NASA and Department of Defense LENR energy technology groups applied engineering and market entry efforts.

      Quote: “…(GRC) synchronizes activities at the world-class installation to support critical research and development for NASA, the Department of Defense and commercial industry to advance space exploration and global aeronautic leadership.”

  • greggoble

    Leidos – Wiki
    Leidos, a spin-off of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC),[6] is an American defense company headquartered in Reston, Virginia, that provides scientific, engineering, systems integration, and technical services. Leidos works extensively with the United States Department of Defense (4th largest DoD contractor FY2012), the United States Department of Homeland Security, and the United States Intelligence Community, including the NSA, as well as other U.S. government civil agencies and selected commercial markets.

    • Engineer48

      Hi Greg,

      They are clearly big boys who get to play with big toys:

      “In August 2016, the deal to merge with the entirety of Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS) business came to a close, more than doubling the size of Leidos and its portfolio, and positioning the company as the global defense industry’s largest enterprise in the federal technical solutions sector.[9] As of December 2017, the company has 32,000 employees.”

      How are they involved with GEC and their SPAWAR LENR tech?

      • Engineer48

        Ah yes, silly me. Found it.

        Leidos were the co sponsor of the NAVSEA contest.

        Which implies they are well aware of the SPAWAR work.

        Will be interesting to see what comes out of the NASA public/private agreement.

        • greggoble

          A direct connection? Still looking… Plenty of indirect connections… although the Scientific American article is a direct connection, Michael certainly is linked to GEC… GEC is linked to GRC.

          I have been researching the NASA GRC/PineScie/Vantage Partners LENR energy group working with the SPAWAR/JWK/Global Energy Corporation (GEC) LENR energy group.

          I wanted to understand the relationship between NASA Glen Research Center and the U.S. Department of Defense. I discovered they have a strong relationship and that NASA GRC is particularly well suited to merge all NASA and Department of Defense LENR energy technology groups’ applied engineering and market entry efforts. Quote: “…synchronizes activities at the world-class installation to support critical research and development for NASA, the Department of Defense and commercial industry to advance space exploration and global aeronautic leadership.”

          It is an interesting coincidence that the SPAWAR/JWK/GEC LENR group filed their patent the same year that Brigadier General Stringer arrived at GRC.

          National Aeronautics and Space Administration

          John H. Glenn Research Center

          Lewis Field, Cleveland, Ohio 44135

          BIO – David L. Stringer

          David L. Stringer is director of Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio, a 6,400 acre remote test site 50 miles west of Cleveland, for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Appointed to this position on February 18, 2007, Stringer synchronizes activities at the world-class installation to support critical research and development for NASA, the Department of Defense and commercial industry to advance space exploration and global aeronautic leadership.

          Stringer retired from the United States Air Force on January 1, 2007, as a Brigadier General. He was the first maintenance officer assigned to the 4477th Test and Evaluation Squadron, which flew three types of Soviet aircraft to prepare American aircrews for combat. Stringer commanded a squadron in England and a group in Italy before his final assignment as commander, Arnold Engineering Development Center, Arnold Air Force Base, Tennessee. He was stationed six times overseas for a total of 12 years and supported the 1995 air war over Bosnia as well as the 1999 Kosovo War in the Balkans.

          Stringer holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Master of Arts in history from the University of Alabama. He was one of 12 selected annually in the Department of Defense to attend Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government as a National Security Fellow.

          Stringer is a published author, cited in numerous professional publications and journals, including the Wall Street Journal and Aviation Week and Space Technology. His awards include the University of Alabama’s award for research and writing and many defense awards. – end quotes


          One year later the patent for the JWK/GEC reactor was filed (2008) “A hybrid fusion fast fission reactor” WO2009108331A2 – Publication date: Dec 30, 2009 – Priority date: Feb 25, 2008 Inventors: Lawrence Parker Galloway Forsley, Jay Wook Khim – Applicant: Lawrence Parker Gallow Forsley https://www.google.com/patents/WO2009108331A2

          Also in 2008

          2008 DoD Grant (2013 patent) “Deuterium Reactor” US20130235963A1 – Filed: Mar 12, 2012 – Publication date: Sep 12, 2013 Inventor: Pharis Edward Williams Original Assignee: Pharis Edward Williams $25,000 was received in 2008 from NSWC, Indian Head Division, to design experiments, review reports, and analyze data. The experiments verified heating using powdered/granulated fuel. https://www.google.com/patents/US20130235963A1

          A year later the JWK/GEC/Defense Intelligence Agency LENR report (2009)

          2009 November Defense Intelligence Agency DIA-08-0911-003 Technology Forecast: “Worldwide Research on Low-Energy Nuclear Reactions Increasing and Gaining Acceptance” Quote, “LENR power sources could produce the greatest transformation of the battlefield for U.S. forces since the transition from horsepower to gasoline power.” -end quote Prepared by: Beverly Barnhart, DIA/DI, Defense Warning Office. With contributions from: Dr. Patrick McDaniel, University of New Mexico; Dr. Pam Mosier-Boss, U.S. Navy SPAWAR/Pacific; Dr. Michael McKubre, SRI International; Mr. Lawrence Forsley, JWK International; and Dr. Louis DeChiaro, NSWC/Dahlgren. Coordinated with DIA/DRI, CPT, DWO, DOE/IN, US Navy SPAWAR/Pacific and U.S. NSWC/Dahlgren,VA.


          Also we have these from 2009… a busy year for U.S. government LENR.

          2009 thru 2010 NASA-LaRC SpaceWorks Contract (applied engineering)

          Quote: “SpaceWorks conducted separate vehicle design studies evaluating the potential impact of two advanced propulsion system concepts under consideration by NASA Langley Research Center: The first concept was an expendable multistage rocket vehicle which utilized an advanced Air-Augmented Rocket (AAR) engine. The effect of various rocket thrust augmentation ratios were identified the resulting vehicle design where compared against a traditional expendable rocket concept. The second concept leverage Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR), a new form of energy generation being studied at NASA LaRC, to determine how to utilize an LENR-based propulsion system for space access. For this activity, two LENR-based rocket engine propulsion performance models where developed jointly by SpaceWorks and LaRC personnel.” -end quote

          See: “SpaceWorks Advanced Concepts Group (ACG) Overview” October 2012 PowerPoint presentation, page 31. http://www.sei.aero/eng/papers/uploads/archive/Advanced_Concepts_Group_ACG_Overview.pdf

          2009 Navy Patent “Excess enthalpy upon pressurization of nanosized metals with deuterium” WO2011041370A1 – Original Assignee: The Government Of The United States Of America, As Represented By The Secretary Of The Navy – Inventor: David A. Kidwell – Priority date: Sep 29, 2009 – Publication date: Mar 31, 2011 – GRANT issued: Nov 10, 2015 – The present application claims the benefit of United States Provisional Application Serial No. 61/246,619 by David A. Kidwell, filed September 29, 2009 entitled “ANOMALOUS HEAT GENERATION FROM DEUTERIUM (OR PLATINUM) LOADED NANOPARTICLES.” https://www.google.com/patents/WO2011041370A1

          Finally, in 2010 Kidwell and the Navy file a LENR fuel patent. “Metal nanoparticles with a pre-selected number of atoms” US 8728197 B2 – Original Assignee: The United States Of America, As Represented By The Secretary Of The Navy – Inventors: Albert Epshteyn, David A. Kidwell GRANT issued: May 20, 2014 https://www.google.com/patents/US8728197B2

          • Engineer48

            Hi Greg,

            Impressive research.

            You have connected the dots very well.

    • Bob Greenyer

      SAIC… Hmmm, that SAIC – hmmmm.

  • artefact

    New podcast of COLD FUSION NOW! with Mats Lewan:

  • artefact

    Abstracts for ICCF 21 (Thanks to David Nygren on lenr-forum)


    Safire in there, too.

  • HAL9000

    Combining topics two and three makes topic one a relic.

  • Engineer48

    Gentleman and Ladies,

    LENR is real and is moving, via multiple parties, into an initial commercialisation phase.

    The time to doubt is over. Sure theory is yet publically bolted down but that will not stop commercialisation.

    Now is the time for commercial LENR product development and innovation.

    Would suggest that anyone who denies what has been revealed has back pocket / pay check / investment / etc reasons to deny.

  • rusolf

    I also would like to know where Engineer48’s confidence is coming from. Two years ago, his postings were everywhere. Clients found here, clients found there, clients wanting to visit the plant, funds placed in escrow, NDAs nearly signed, etc. etc. etc.Then things were (understandably) suspended because of the lawsuit.

    Okay, the lawsuit was settled 10 months ago. Current status: nothing else than a prototype, plus a public demonstration some months ago that was so weird that even the hardcore members here discussed its validity for weeks.

    So, what did Rossi want to show+sell to Engineer48’s clients two years ago?

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