Ok, so what exactly does the Electric Power Reasearch Institute have to do with this?
Well, part of my point regarding how you look at things. I will let you figure it out as an exercise for the reader.
they all have had careers outside of MSNW LLC
You need to clarify what you mean as "career" and then put it into a proportional relationship regarding plasma fusion experience not gained at MSNW or Helion, of which both Slough and Kirtley remain publicly active members.
John Slough is not the CEO of Helion
Are you implying that John Slough is NOT calling the shots at Helion? If so I would find that greatly amusing. It is not about titles, it is about roles.
It can be serviced very easily.
Very hard to service something that has become highly neutron activated. Such that in many existing plants, some components are designed NOT to be serviced for exactly that reason. If you had any experience, for example, in the removal and management of primary system components; especially those in close proximity to neutron generation, you would understand this better. D+T is going to be drama for service. Navy and civilian plant designs are highly dependent on this issue, and it is one of the reasons that basic plant designs have stayed close to the original robust and simple 1950s concepts they are based on. Safety, service, sustainment. This is also a materials issue.
My point on materials is exactly that. IT IS THE MAIN ISSUE. Not can we do it. We can do it. How is in the air, well except ITER, but the materials side for an economically viable and sustainable plant has not even really been considered. Personally, I don't want to have any part of the ITER teardown. What a mess that is going to be.
I would suggest that you maybe try talking to David Kirtley or John Slough for a bit. They are very nice and approachable people, unless you come over like a total arrogant ass when talking to them.
Slough has a rep. that apparently you are unaware of. Not surprising I guess. Your arrogance prevents you from understanding that other folks may see someone differently than you do. As I said, I am not trying to change your mind, just suggesting that you can use better frameworks and do a better job of collecting relevant data to analyze than it appears that you have. Bottom line, be more open minded, and more critical. Just because someone gives you an ice-cream doesn't mean that they are not evil. Appearances do not typically represent actual reality, just an interpretation there of. Chatting with someone at a conference once or swapping an email is not enough to use as a gage.