I think I'm going to fire one of my bridge officers. Somehow, he always manages to spawn a cover shield with me RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF IT. How he manages this is beyond me, since whenever I make one on my engineer it goes above things, not through them.
None of my characters or bridge officers use the Cover Shield. I've tried using it and it's always more trouble than it's worth. Anyway, the best defense is a good offense.
I gave a fire extinguisher to my science officer and now after every gun battle he runs around and hoses down the place. It's funny as hell.
I'm going to change my tac officer's middle name to Lucky. He's just picked up his 3rd efficient saurian. So now he has an efficient tac, engr and sci saurian. Too bad that Cryptic nerfed the flat bonus.