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The confluence of the recession and end of the Cold War has brought the issue of technology transfer to the forefront of national debate. Each of these significant events is challenging by itself but together they are greater than the sum of the parts. At the center of technology transfer debate is the U.S. laboratory system. A de-emphasis on defense related R&D coupled with a move toward commercial applications is the predominant policy choice to strengthen America’s international competitiveness. This paper examines technology transfer from the Department of Energy to the private sector as reported in "Fossil Energy: From Laboratory to Marketplace." Although chiefly anecdotal and narrow in focus, the problems highlighted by the purported successful transfers are not sui generis to the fossil energy program.