The 2021 Phoenix Challenge Conference: Agenda and Overview
13 April 2021, 0900-1500 EDT
Keynote Speaker: Former USD (I) and ASD SO/LIC Dr. Michael Vickers
Online & Unclassified
The University of Maryland’s Applied Research Lab for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS) and the Information Professionals Association (IPA) have organized an UNCLASSIFIED online conference on 13 April 2021 to serve as a scene-setting event for the US Central Command Worldwide IO Conference on 14-15 April 2021. As described below, the conference will feature a keynote and panels to be streamed to a wider registered audience and include a multitude of small breakout sessions for the smaller senior group of active participants. The small breakout sessions will not be streamed but will be private groups where senior-level leaders can discuss the challenges they face with regard to OIE and come up with collaborative action plans to move forward, aided by the information and action plans of their fellow leaders. ARLIS and the IPA will capture outcomes and agreed actions and initiatives from the participants in a conference report to be shared with all.
The event will be limited to 150 interactive participants on an invite-only basis but will allow for much broader passive participation via streaming of conference content. Invitees for the interactive element will be primarily government personnel at the O6-O8, GS15, & SES pay grades from critical organizations in DoD, the IC, and partner agencies. The event will accommodate up to 800 additional passive participants via streaming. Organizers will work with key OSD and Joint Staff offices to select invitees.
The conference will run approximately 6 hours (including breaks) and include opening and closing plenary sessions, 3 parallel morning tracks of 90 minutes, and 1 plenary track for all participants. Each panel will involve 3-5 speakers offering their thoughts for 50-60 minutes with 30 minutes for Q&A. After the conference, the collaboration will continue on Teams where actual working groups can be formed according to need, with a follow-on meeting at a later date for those who wish to continue the development and progression of action items.
Panel speakers are, at a minimum, requested to be available online from 15 minutes prior to their panel start until at least the conclusion of panel Q&A (~2 hours). Speakers are welcome to participate for the entire day if desired.
The draft agenda (subject to change) is as follows:
|0900-0915||Convene & Organizational Remarks: Joe Kelly |
IPA Welcome: IPA President, Kevin Gates
ARLIS Welcome: Executive Director, Bill Regli
UMD Welcome: President Darryll Pines
|0915-1015||Keynote Address w/Q&A: Former USD (I) and ASD SO/LIC Dr. Michael Vickers|
|1015-1030||Break – Panel speakers connect to their tracks at 1015|
Information Effects in Strategic Competition – Managing Peer Competition and Current Operations in a Hyperconnected World
Detailed discussion on coordination of current initiatives to ID and counteract China, Russia & Iran; coordinate GLOBAL USG efforts at messaging
Moderator: Mr. Todd Veazie, Joint Staff, SMA
Maj. Gen. Alexus Grynkewich,
Ms. Milancy Harris, DASD SOCT
Mr. Daniel Kimmage, Dept. of State/GEC
Mr. Gordon Crovitz, Co-CEO, NewGuard
Ms. Ellen Nakashima,
Mr. Damon Stevens,
Nat’l Counter-Terrorism Center
Risk Based Models for Acquisition Security and Insider Threats in the Modern Information Environment
Detailed discussion of coordinating disparate initiatives to manage national security risks in the industrial base to include supply chain security, insider risk, and foreign investment risk.
Opening Commentary: Navy CIO (invited).
RADM (Ret.) Steve
Parode, Past Navy N2/N6, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance
Moderator: Mr. Pete Reddy, ED, NIWC Atlantic
Mr. Mike Martin, DTSA
Mr. Hank Thomas,
Strategic Cyber Ventures
Mr. Jeff Farrah, GC, National Venture
Commercial Technology Trends and Effects on OIE – New Tools and New Risks
Detailed discussion of the way current commercial technology for both content and networks provides opportunities and risks for USG operations.
Moderator: Mr. Bob Pearson, Next Practice Group
Ms. Patricia Watts, Dept. of State/GEC Director, Tech
Mr. John Rogers, CEO, RL Leaders
Mr. David Wertheimer, Technologist/ Entrepreneur/ Producer
Mr. Adam Beaugh,
Dr. Bill Chappell, CTO Azure, Microsoft
|~ 50-60-minute panel|
~ 30-minute Q&A
~ 15-20-minute close-out
|1215-1245||Break for lunch – Rooms will remain open|
|1245-1315||Reports from Tracks 1-3 (30 minutes)|
|1315-1445 ||Plenary Track: Creating an Interconnected Platform for Testing, Evaluation, Simulation, Training, Exercise, and Mission Rehearsal to support OIE |
Each of the first three panels addresses issues that will require extensive modeling, simulation, training, exercises, and support infrastructure. Whether trying to design and model large-scale messaging campaigns, assessing the threats and risks to supply chains from personnel or other failure modes, or assessing the impact of new technologies, the USG will require a multifaceted modeling, simulation, test, and training infrastructure built in collaboration among industry, academia, and key government users. This panel is designed to highlight the key system components that each group will require, identify existing assets and capabilities that can be incorporated into the system, and discuss areas of common requirements.
Moderator: Mr. Austin Branch, UMD ARLIS
Ms. Karen Saunders, U.S. Army PEO STRI
MG (Ret.) John Davis, Palo Alto Networks
COL Ed Croot, USA, Chief of Staff, 1st Special Forces Command
Mr. George Economou, Akamai
Dr. Amy Friedlander, NSF (appearing in a personal capacity)
|~ 50-60-minute panel|
~ 30-minute Q&A
|1445-1500||Closing Session |
Presentation of the Order of Hermes Award by the IPA
Awardee and Presenter To Be Announced