well, in closed beta pve space fights were pretty tough. then open beta started, everybody cried and they made it so ****ing easy that a blind monkey can run missions in sto.
well, it's not on cryptic to close the gap but on the inexperienced players, thats my opinion.
This reminds me:
I am a Champions Online noob, but it seems that normal difficulty there is more challenging. I die. And not too seldom. Maybe I really just suck...
I guess it's just the usual case of overcompensation. "OMG, PvE is too difficult!" "Okay, we heard you, let's cut all enemies hit points and damage by half!" Oops, enemies effectively only 1/4 as hard as they used to?