Coming from the person jumping down anyone's throat who disagrees with them, and subsequently going off on lore related rants: even more adorable.
Look at that, you managed to answer your own question. Elite is, and always has, scaled terribly. Not to mention that ESTFs and "Elite" missions are not remotely related.
NO..He IS right, there was an unintended consequence in game mechanics because of the EPTx "fix". I flew nothing BUT elites and with very good teams that often worked the estf's down to 5-7 min. today i felt like we were the stf version of the keystone kops. It was awful. instakils simultaneously to several of us (not grouped together) in different planes of approach. Methinks you love the new EPTx so much you have to get defensive, and a bit angry as well.