The United States Air Force’s Global Strike Command is expected to name a new intercontinental ballistic missile later on. It’s worth pondering why. After all, the present definition of the project slated to deploy a new intercontinental ballistic missile by 2029, “Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent,” appears logical enough. W87 warheads, by any other title, are just as effective at deterring. Major weapon systems are anticipated to have anything more than generic descriptions or alphanumeric, which is both odd and informative. Thankfully, there is some information on what defines good and bad names. It can only be accessed by consulting the oracle of history.