The German Heavy Ion Fusion Program is reviewed. Results obtained in the past funding period have increased our confidence that a heavy ion driver based on the linac/storage ring concept can be built which fulfills the specifications and the conditions of reliability and economics. Many critical issues have been identified which deserve detailed experimental studies, to be carried out in the second funding period which started this year. The GSI synchrotron/storage ring facility funded last year will play a crucial role in the future program. In addition, an RFQ high current injector will raise the intesity considerably. The first 5 out of 12 sections are already in operation. With this facility both the interaction of heavy ion beams with dense matter plasmas and beam dynamics issues of the HIBALL driver concept can be investigated.