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Paula Trimble
As we prepare for the 2021 Phoenix Challenge Conference on April 13, 2021, co-sponsored and organized by the Information Professionals Association (IPA) and the University of Maryland’s Applied Research Lab for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS), we are sharing the latest update to our agenda. Dr. Michael Vickers, former Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, will provide our keynote...
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We are thrilled by the overwhelmingly positive response to the re-imagined 2021 Phoenix Challenge Conference on April 13, 2021, co-sponsored and organized by the Information Professionals Association (IPA) and the University of Maryland’s Applied Research Lab for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS). This day-long event will bring together practitioners from government, academia, and industry to discuss issues related to...
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Be sure to join us on April 13, 2021 for the 2021 Phoenix Challenge Conference, co-sponsored and organized by the Information Professionals Association (IPA) and the University of Maryland’s Applied Research Lab for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS). This day-long event will bring together practitioners from government, academia, and industry to discuss challenges and possible solutions to operating in the...
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Understanding the neuroscience and cognitive psychology behind how people process information is foundational to the practice of cognitive security. While we often focus on the “dark arts”- how our adversaries attempt to twist our thinking based on disinformation – a recent Washington Post review of a book by Shankar Vendantam and Bill Mesler titled Useful...
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It is curious (and maybe profound) to find an article impacting cognitive security and disinformation issues in the business section of the newspaper, but The Washington Post included an examination of the technology behind deepfake generators on the front page of the Business section on March 28, 2021. Anyone who spends time doom scrolling on...
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U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Matthew A. Stroup writes in the Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC) blog about his proposal for the Navy to invest in expanding and embedding Public Affairs (PA) capabilities into Navy Warfighting Development Centers (WDC). “The time to include PA considerations holistically in the fleet readiness development cycle is now – and...
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The Washington Institute’s Fikra Forum published a piece by two Information Professionals Association (IPA) members on Feb. 25, 2021, describing the efforts of China, Russia, and Iran to disseminate disinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic across the Middle East. In “Axis of Disinformation: Propaganda from Iran, Russia, and China on COVID-19,” COL Andrew Whiskeyman, head of U.S....
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IPA Members: As many of you know, IPA is co-sponsoring the Phoenix Challenge conference on April 13, 2021, to be held virtually via MS Teams or a similar platform. No later than March 26th we need 6 to 8 IPA member volunteers to act as scribes for the breakout group discussions. Three key points points if...
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Defense and Intelligence Community Experts and Members of Congress examined how to improve U.S. military training and capabilities to counter adversaries’ information operations in the “gray zone” at a hearing March 16 of the Subcommittee on Intelligence and Special Operations of the House Armed Services Committee. Witnesses noted that U.S. military capabilities are not evolving...
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The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) has posted a recently released report (as a result of its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request) delivered to the Department of Defense in October 2008 by the federal JASON science advisory group on technologies to detect deception, titled “Quest for Truth: Deception and Intent Detection,” as well as...
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