Military's future could rely on tiny nuclear reactors

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Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:54 pm

Imagine a tiny nuclear reactor being built in a U.S. factory, flown across an ocean on a C-17 aircraft and trucked to a remote military base, where it is then installed and producing power within 72 hours.


The idea may sound farfetched, but it's a concept a military advisory board wants the Department of Defense to take seriously.

In a detailed report finalized last summer, a Defense Science Board task force recommended that the Army investigate and invest in very small modular reactors — or vSMRs — and develop a prototype to be deployed at a remote base in a place like Alaska or Guam.

The technology could supply "the most energy-deprived sectors of the U.S. military establishment," forward and remote operating bases, with reliable, abundant continuous power, the report found.

"Without losing sight of the regulatory, policy, operational and perhaps cultural changes needed to create such a new paradigm, the emerging nuclear energy technologies that the Task Force reviewed have a profound potential for enabling improvements in military operations," the task force wrote. ... 1060057127
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