Don't be so pessimistic, hopefully it will open doors.
The U.S. government is massive, and many times the left hand does not know what the right is doing. One good example, is Forsley saying in a presentation last year, something to the effect that "The DOE has been funding us. Do not believe what you hear that the government does not fund LENR".
Now we know also, that NASA has doubled down on it's love affair with LENR going back to FP's, by employing Forsley as one of their Physicists, and partnering with GEC to develop a space based LENR hybrid power generating system.
There is more to this "government funding LENR" story IMO, than what is known.