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  • Writer's pictureJoshua Duvall

GovConJudicata Weekly Debrief (1/30–2/3)

This week's Weekly Debrief covers lawmaker scrutiny of cyberattacks on Energy's National Labs, CMMC rulemaking, NASA's Artemis 1 rocket, DoD's rules and court records, and Army's multiyear contracts a model for others.


  • "In the wake of a series of cyberattacks aimed at three national laboratories that are helmed by the U.S. Department of Energy, House lawmakers are requesting access to relevant documentation about the hacking incidents to investigate their scope and the agency’s current cybersecurity posture."

  • "It could be well into 2024 or even early 2025 before the Defense Department finally requires contractors to obtain third-party approval of their cybersecurity setup. But there’s no time to relax, one expert says."


  • "After acing its first-ever mission, NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) megarocket appears ready to take the next big step — launching astronauts. The debut SLS flight, on Nov. 16, kicked off NASA's 25-day-long Artemis 1 mission, which sent an uncrewed Orion capsule to lunar orbit and back. It also made the SLS the most powerful rocket ever to launch successfully, a title it wrested from NASA's iconic Saturn V."


  • "In 2016, Congress passed a law that was supposed to make the military justice system more transparent, instructing the U.S. military’s six branches to give the public broader access to court records. Seven years later, the Department of Defense has finally issued guidelines for how the services should comply with the law, but they fall far short of the transparency lawmakers intended."

  • "Our military’s ammunition lines are cranking up manufacturing again. Taking advantage of new authorities provided by Congress, the Army will soon sign multiyear procurement contracts for munitions and launchers, energizing sluggish production lines and in some cases reopening them. The Army’s playbook should be copied by the Navy and Air Force to quickly beef up their stocks of munitions sent to Ukraine and bolster America’s flagging inventories of things that blow up."

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