Following the 2002 Conference on Open Magnetic Systems for Plasma Confinement, a three times progress in the formation of ion-confining potential height is achieved in the hot-ion mode. The advance in the potential formation leads to a finding of remarkable effects of radially produced shear of electric fields dEr/dr on the suppression of not only coherent drift waves but turbulence-like fluctuations for the first time in GAMMA 10. Also, the progress in the potential formation is made in line with the extension of our proposed physics scaling of potential formation covering over representative tandem-mirror operational modes, characterized in terms of (a) a high-potential mode having kV-order plasmaconfining potentials and (b) a hot-ion mode yielding fusion neutrons with 10-20 keV bulk-ion temperatures (Ti).