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StratCom has undergone several changes under Gen. John Hyten. He has described StratCom's new $1.3 billion headquarters as a "weapons system, not a building." And his biggest push has been to keep funding on track for a massive modernization of U.S. nuclear weapons and the systems that deliver them.

The declines since 2017 ranged from two to five points on a 500-point test. So they didn’t plunge. But the slide follows a period when scores had been generally rising or holding steady. Having two academic subjects in both tested grade levels move down is a situation worth keeping an eye on.