As for money, that is an issue for all the projects.
EMC2 with an employment roster of one as compared to GF with 65, I think you are stretching the true picture. This detail leads to the next issue of no developmental progress by EMC2 for well over a year (1.5 years since MiniB tests were conducted, no tests since?), no money, no staff, no equipment, no progress. I'd call that on the ropes (but not because of a failed concept or a technical hurdle - it is a money hurdle.
The point was that the website was intended to be upgraded as it was announced, no? Now it is not worth doing? Seems to me that no money after a year of beating the bushes is not good. It would seem to me that at this point the Navy would be the easiest path for the next shot of funding to complete the proof of principle, namely high beta and potential well together.
Whatever happened to the EMC2 advisory review board recommendations? Last I heard via the sole source memo (2 years ago?), the board recommended expanding the work. Sounds like with the Repubs back in control of congress (purse) this would be worth doing as money with the Navy is political.
Near term, cheap, dark horse fusion hits the air waves, GF - TED, LM - Announcement. The race is on.