I've been playing for nearly 7 years. It seems that the focus of the developers has been on new ships and ships weapons. So much so that it isn't possible to design a base capable of putting up a meaningful defense with any chance of survival. My base has a large footprint. My shipyard and other structures were hit by a ship more than 12 squares away and out of the effective ranges of the defense turrets. I would like to see an improvement in base capabilities.