Rock bottom. Work on the circular foundations for the ITER fusion reactor was halted last June following disputes over the design. Construction did not begin again for 8 months.

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Rock bottom. Work on the circular foundations for the ITER fusion reactor was halted last June following disputes over the design. Construction did not begin again for 8 months.

Updated: New Review Slams Fusion Project's Management

Daniel is a deputy news editor for Science.

ITER, the international fusion reactor project in France, is reeling from an assessment that found serious problems with the project's leadership, management, and governance. The report is so damning, Science has learned, that after a 13 February special session that reviewed and accepted the report's conclusions and recommendations, the ITER Council—the project's governing body—restricted its readership to a small number of senior managers and council members. ITER leaders fear that the damning assessment, combined with expected delays, could cause backers to pull their funding.

For the full story, see this week's issue of Science.

*Update, 28 February, 3 p.m.: The executive summary of the report on management of the international ITER fusion reactor project was published today by The New Yorker.

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