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

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.

The challenge topic for PACFLT Boot Camp is:
How might the U.S. Navy improve collision and explosion prediction, prevention, or response, in order to improve sailor survivability at sea during collisions and explosions?

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.

At the end of the follow-on period, select teams will have the opportunity to pitch their finalized concepts at PACFLT Commanders Conference in the spring of 2018.

How do I apply?

Apply to the PACFLT Bridge-MD5 Boot Camp here!

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Boot Camp will take place from February 6–9 in San Diego, California. Applications are due by January 5, 2018. Please reach out to Mr. Joe Schuman ( or Ms. Ashley Wang ( with any questions.

What is The Bridge?

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

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.

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