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“What’s Next?” with Nathan Gilliland

“What’s Next?” with Nathan Gilliland

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On this week’s episode of “What’s Next?” Maggie Feldman-Piltch is joined by Nathan Gilliland, CEO of General Fusion. The episode focuses the role nuclear energy can and should play in global energy security. Nathan and Maggie discuss how nuclear fusion is different from nuclear fision, and why commercialized fusion is less science fiction than we think. The conversation also includes an overview of the private fusion industry, partnerships with national labs, and what makes General Fusion’s technology different.

General Fusion is a member of American Security Project’s Business Council on American Security and Chair of the Fusion Advisory Committee. Its work has recently been the focus of a cover story in TIME magazine.

Speaker Bios


Nathan Gilliland is CEO of General Fusion, a leader in the commercialization of fusion energy. General Fusion, located in Vancouver, is on the pathway to making economic fusion power a reality. Previously, he was President and co-founder of Harvest Power, a renewable energy company that turns organic waste into natural gas and electricity. Prior to Harvest Power, Nathan was an EVP at Bain Capital for 8 years, focusing on both leveraged buyouts, equity and debt investments through 2008. He was also founder of internet start-up MyCounsel.com from 1999-2002, and was VP of Strategy for a Bain Capital portfolio company, Nutraceutical.

About “What’s Next?”

“What’s Next?” is American Security Project’s weekly, non-partisan podcast series featuring interviews with national security leaders and critical issue experts. Each episode runs about 30 minutes- making it the perfect addition to your DC commute.

Hosted by Maggie Feldman-Piltch and produced by Matthew Wallin, the conversations go beyond the dinner party commentary and offer guests the opportunity to discuss their vision for security in the 21st century, the strategy that vision requires, and what it means for America going forward- in less time than it takes you to get to work. With topics ranging from geo-economics to nuclear security, cultural diplomacy to energy security and asymmetric operations, “What’s Next?” is one of the many ways ASP works to raise the American public’s understanding of complex security issues we face.