The U.S. Burning Plasma Organization (USBPO) is a national organization of scientists and engineers involved in researching the properties of magnetically confined burning fusion plasmas.
Secretary of Energy Ernie Moniz has recommended that the US continue as a partner in the ITER project, at least through FY2018. His report to Congress is available here.

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  • October 6, 2016: Recent theoretical progress in understanding runaway electron generation and dynamics
    Dr. Brennan is a lead PI for the Simulation Center for Runaway Electron Avoidance and Mitigation, a new FES/ASCR collaborative center focussed on this critical topic for burning plasmas
  • April 28, 2016: Overview of physics results from the first operation phase on Wendelstein 7-X.
    Speaker: Prof. Thomas Sunn Pedersen, Director of Stellarator Edge and Divertor Physics, IPP Greifswald, Professor of Physics, Ernst-Moritz Arndt University Greifswald
  • Modes of Research Participation on ITERLeaders: Rajesh Maingi and Mike Walker
    A USBPO working group, formed in 2012, to provide input to the ITER Organization, to help define how ITER will operate as an experimental device.
  • Disruption Task GroupLeaders: Valerie Izzo (UCSD) and Robert Granetz (MIT)
    The task group exists to coordinate US-wide disruption research efforts (both experiment and theory), to identify gaps and suggest priorities, and particularly to ensure that outstanding issues for the ITER Disruption Mitigation System are addressed in a timely manner. The US ITER Project Office has the responsibility to provide ITER's DMS.

The Wendelstein 7 X stellarator achieved its First Plasma milestone on 10 December 2015. The accuracy of the magnet system was verified by electron-beam field mapping and expected island structures were observed. The first plasma consisted of Helium and reached about 1 million degrees Celsius. (Photos: IPP)

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