Countdown to Phoenix Challenge: Join the Interactive Tracks on Security and Technology

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 operating in the information environment during three parallel panel tracks, as well as a plenary session on training, simulation, test and evaluation (T&E), and mission rehearsal.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Unfortunately, our event platform is limited to 250 participants, and we want to ensure all registered participants can access the sessions. Because of the extraordinary response, registration is now closed. You may still be able to join one of the three interactive track sessions and can register your interest to do so by emailing  We will register you for a panel session (please indicate a preference) and we will enter your name into a list of standby participants for the keynote and afternoon plenary. If you are no longer able to attend, please e-mail us at and let us know as soon as possible, so we can make room for other attendees. We plan to record the sessions and make them available to IPA members following the event. If you have completed your registration, you will receive three separate emails with individual links to the Keynote Session, one of the three track sessions, and the Plenary Session.

Earlier this week, we featured information on the Track 1 panel session, Information Effects in Strategic Competition – Managing Peer Competition and Current Operations in a Hyperconnected World. As we approach the Phoenix Challenge event, we wanted to highlight two more interactive track sessions and invite your participation.

Track 2, Risk-Based Models for Acquisition Security and Insider Threats in the Modern Information Environment, will offer a discussion on national security risks in the industrial base to include supply chain security, insider threats, and foreign investment risk. Confirmed speakers include Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance (N2/N6) RADM (Ret.) Steve Parode; Mr. Pete Reddy, Executive Director of Navy Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic; Mr. Mike Martin, DTSA; Mr. Hank Thomas, Strategic Cyber Ventures; and Mr. Jeff Farrah, National Venture Capital Association.

Track 3, Commercial Technology Trends and Effects on OIE – New Tools and New Risks, will address how commercial technology for both content and networks provides opportunities and risks for U.S. Government operations. Confirmed speakers include Mr. Bob Pearson, Next Practice Group; Ms. Patricia Watts, Dept. of State/Global Engagement Center, Director of the Tech Engagement Team; Mr. John Rogers, CEO, RL Leaders; Mr. David Wertheimer, Technologist/ Entrepreneur/ Producer; Mr. Adam Beaugh, Zignal Labs; and Dr. Bill Chappell, CTO Azure, Microsoft.

For more information about Phoenix Challenge and the full agenda, see the Phoenix Challenge website at