I just logged into tribble and took a look at the skills tree.
Here's the bottom line and the only one you should care about, Cryptic. If I am forced to split my points into ground, you will never see another penny from me.
The game will be destroyed for me at that point. I don't do ground _AT ALL_ in STO. I am here for space combat. That is all I care about. I couldn't even get past the 3rd tier of points while trying to reproduce my current build... it wouldn't let me.
Your ground is nice and all, but I don't play 1st person or 3rd person shooters anymore. Hate them. Please don't ruin this for me and many other people who could give a frack less about ground.