“Operation Odyssey Dawn”

March 19, 2011 at 4:02 PM 4 comments

“Operation Odyssey Dawn” is the official name for the ah, operation the U.S. (and it’s “coalition partners”) is undertaking against Libya.

How does the Pentagon come up with these Star Wars-type names?  Explainer here:

In general, the first step is that a computer database of appropriately military sounding words spits out possible combinations, with each geographic command given rights to certain letters of the alphabet. The command overseeing the operation chooses candidates–after checking through a registry of previously used names–and sends it to the Joint Staff for review and approval. (The director of operations of the Joint Staff, Lt. General Gregory S. Newbold, has a name worthy of a military operation.) [Sept. 21 addition: It then goes to the Secretary of Defense who must endorse it.] It wasn’t a brilliant algorithm that came up with the code word Desert Storm for the invasion of Iraq–that was deliberately chosen.

From what I’m reading and hearing, this is a whole lot bigger than maintaining a no-fly zone.

Sounds like we’re going to own Libya by about Wednesday.



Entry filed under: Wars.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. solikemybeth  |  March 19, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    It also sounds like they spend more time picking out a name for the military operation than discussing the consequences of said operation.

  • 2. Say It Ain't So Already  |  March 20, 2011 at 9:03 AM

    It does.

  • 3. Janet  |  March 20, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Naming wars is stupid enough but Operation Odyssey Dawn? The start of a journey that lasts for years and years? Nice.

  • 4. Say It Ain't So Already  |  March 20, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Actually, Odyssey Dawn might be the perfect name because yes, it could be the dawn of a odyssey that last years and years. Afghanistan and Iraq should have been given a name like that. Maybe the military is getting more realistic (I say sarcastically).

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