I noticed there are abilities that say they have an effect on threat generated, but threat mechanics don't seem to exist in ground combat.
For example, I can stand way in the back, tell my engineer and tactical BOFFs to attack... And without firing a shot, I've instantly got all the threat- even with no points spent on threat modification.
No matter what I do, I seem to get wrecked by enemies while my boffs are forward and attacking far more than I am.
This happens as an engineer or as a tac officer, I can't figure it out.
Threat exists both in ground as well as space, and functions the same way it always have in MMORPGs. It's based around Damage contribution as well as abilities which directly impact Threat such as the skill Threat Control.
Set up one of your Tactical Bridge Officers with the following abilities:
Battle Strategies 1
Suppressing Fire 1
Draw Fire 3
Give him/her a Full Auto Rifle, Energy and Kinetic damage resistance armor and a high capacity shield.
If the rest of your team (including yourself) sports Shield Recharge (ENG) and Medical Tricorder (SCI) you effectively have tank and healer support for your ground missions.