I thought at first I should post this in Tech but I was hoping to get a larger cross-section of TrekBBSers' opinions by posting here. Now I'm not talking Defiant here, or in regard to the Dominion War even, or even the big question of whether Starfleet is a definitively a military organization or not. I'm talking about previous eras, all the way back to the founding of Starfleet in Archer's era. Ostensibly, Starfleet's mission 'has always been one of peace' but nonetheless Starfleet has exhibited some very militaristic tendencies from time to time. Various publications have suggested that they did. Various games ('Star Trek: Legacy' for example) have suggested that they did. I'm talking about the multi-nacelle battleships, the Franz Joseph designs - the three-nacelled dreadnoughts, the single-nacelled destroyers. Some of these have even suggested that certain canon ships we've seen have had dual roles as battleships and exploratory vessels. However, the majority of how Starfleet has been depicted, and their lack of screen time, would seem to disagree. I'm not suggesting that you accept or reject particular designs based on the merit of the design, but more simply, the idea that Starfleet builds warships. Is there room in the fleet for these ships alongside Kirk's Enterprise? Yes or no, and please specify your reasons why? I should clarify that I mean ships whose primary mission is one of offense and defense, not exploration.