what the F*#$ this kind of bug is an easy fix its not even a complex bug.
This crap should have been fixed straight away, just change the requirement for captain level shields from 3rd order to 4th order, so to put it in line with every other captain level equipment that requires a 4th order badge.
As you guess I'm pretty annoyed this still isn't fixed i spent a fair amount of time getting badges to get some decent gear after i hit captain and yea to find out i cant buy any decent shields now, one of the most important parts of equipment for a starship.
i'd post a bug report but yea its already been reported and i am just too annoyed atm.
I'll think i'll log out and come back when this game makes it out of beta, ........ oh wait.