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The Greatest Secret Project Names of All Time

  • Kempt Staff


Recently, reports have been trickling out that Google and NASA are in cahoots on a secret project known only as “Google Planetary Ventures.”

Which got us thinking about the great mystique surrounding a secret project name—sometimes borrowed from Latin, sometimes a cheeky nod, but always conveying the gravitas of the situation. And more importantly, it reminded us of some of our favorites throughout history.

Herewith, the greatest secret project names of all time...

The Manhattan Project: The US military’s research and development of the atomic bomb.

Dulcimer: Apple’s code name for the development of the first iPod.

Project Vulcan: A project by NASA and the Department of Energy to quantify the earth’s fossil fuel carbon budget.

Skunk Works: Lockheed Martin’s alias for secret projects building aircrafts for the US Air Force.

Operation Wrath of God: Also known as “Operation Bayonet,” the covert operation by the Mossad to assassinate the terrorists involved in the attack on Israeli Olympians in Munich.

Acoustic Kitty: A failed project launched by the CIA in the 1960s in an attempt to use cats in spy missions at the Kremlin and Soviet embassies.

The Annexation of Puerto Rico: Okay, this one’s not exactly a “secret project” per se, but it was the code name for the secret play in Little Giants.