I have an idea for a temporary bridge officer character for missions. A guest star that is specific to the mission. A character that foundry authors can create that plays the mission with the away team as a temporary bridge officer.
This means you could have a character on your team that could actually run the risk of dying.
A character written by cryptic or foundry authors that would not conflict with your expectations of your officers.
I like it. While I usually hate the idea of escort missions, in the Star Trek verse, they would make sense (though, the option to make their "death" non-permanent needs to be in place). Plus the series had Guest Stars all the time. This has some great potential for story missions, +1 to you.