The Bridge is COMPACFLT's initiative that amplifies an organic Navy network to enable collaboration and idea generation by advancing education, enabling empowerment, stimulating connections, and spurring transition. Success of The Bridge does not hinge on a series of successful ideas, but the ability to create and sustain a culture of change, inspiration, and creativity.

In its simplest form, The Bridge is a belief and a commitment; the belief that the best idea can come from anywhere, and a commitment that no Sailor is ever alone in pursuing a solution.

To submit your idea, email

PACFLT Bridge-MD5 Boot Camp

Boot Camp aims to educate and empower participants to solve pressing problems within their organization. Boot Camp is a four-day course that instructs participants on topics related to innovation and intrapreneurship. The course is comprised of two modules of topics: Innovation Psychology and Innovation Case Studies. Throughout the week, participants develop concepts around command sponsored problem areas and brainstormed initial solutions.

After the four-day course, Boot Camp continues through individual and group work. Participants are empowered to continue working on their solutions for a period of 30 to 90 days. Participants continue to develop, test, and iterate their proposed solutions. The Bridge and MD5 support this follow-on period by holding weekly office hours with course participants and promoting cohort collaboration between teams and other stakeholders in the PACFLT and MD5 communities.

Pacific Fleet hosts innovation bootcamp in San Diego

What is MD5?

MD5 National Security Technology Accelerator is a program office within the U.S. Department of Defense that focuses on human capital innovation. MD5 aims to develop and enable innovators inside and outside the U.S. Department of Defense to solve national security problems. For more information on MD5, please go to our website.

About MD5

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) held the Navy’s first Bridge Talks event in April, 2017.

Sailors and civilians from across the fleet participated in the PACFLT-MD5 Innovation Boot Camp in San Diego on February 6–9.