Better-Than-Zero Essay Competition

The Better-Than-Zero Essay Competition honors a thought expressed by Henry A. Obering, director of the United States  Missile Defense Agency. This thought is reported in a July 21, 2005 Dow Jones news article (and also in a July 22 Washington Post article):

Lt. Gen. Henry A. Obering III told reporters that he had confidence in current
missile-defense capabilities.

"We have a better-than-zero chance of successfully intercepting, I believe, an
inbound warhead," Obering said at a Defense Writers Group breakfast

To enter the competition, write a 50-word, non-speculative essay that begins "We have a better-than-zero chance of successfully …"

The winner has a better-than-zero chance of receiving a free issue of the Annals of Improbable Research. Each competition entrant has a better-than-zero chance of being able to download a free, high-resolution, full-color photograph of General Obering.

(Thanks to Bob Park for bringing the specific general mathematical statement to our attention.)

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