However, EVOLUTIONARY tech typically DOES solve old issues.
And when you have a reactor that is based on physical law to be infallible, well,
The trouble with nuclear, at least in America, is that it's damn near impossible to keep it safe.
Actually, nothing could be further from the truth WRT new reactors. In POF, TransAtomic's molten salt reactor is impossible to melt down. Just like pebble reactors, heat makes the fuel become self-regulating.
In fact, the SMARTEST thing that America can do, is push for multiple companies to develop these and replace the OLD reactors with these new ones. They can use the spent fuel that is simply sitting on-site and burn it for the next 100 years. Likewise, we can use new thorium reactors to replace coal plants, rather than switching to nat gas.
Actually the main purpose is to wound as many enemies as you can. Each wounded soldier takes 2-3 support people to care for them. The purpose of engaging in battle is to gain the specific objective (hill, town, city) as described by the mission objectives. A lot of killing takes place, yes, but it's actually the wounded that count the most from a tactical standpoint.
Helping makers of internal combustion engines create more efficiencies certainly does help direct competitors of Musk's.
The less time planning, the more time programming.