I think there's something that has been overlooked that can be done to get the older weapons up to date, and keep the semi dormant research labs working. The commander's capabilities have potential to improve some of the weapons, and hulls current by ordering research on what they have their own strengths based on. Their level of which could unlock the next tier of research, to enhance outdated hulls, their resistance abilities, and weaponry for those lower tiered.
This could be also applied towards bases, and their increased defense, and resistance abilities too.
Thank you and I hope to hear all forms of feedback from everyone.