Also, quick question for those who follow this kind of thing better then me, why were people acting like the fighters were something the federation had never countenanced before given that they used something fairly similar during the dominion war? Just because it was during war?
Well, the 'fighters' we saw during DS9 were basicly the same as the Maquis were using. And they were basicly nothing more then shuttles with weapons slapped on them, right? Civilian ships with weapons mounted on them, not actually designed to be fightercraft. I seem to remember something similair said during the double-episode that introduced the Maquis in DS9. Perhaps Starfleet thought 'what they could, so can we', and decided to bolster their attackforce with some of these fighters.
Then, after the war, they decided to actually design some fighters from the ground up.
Again, this is just speculation, probably not right.