The SDF never stood a chance.

I don't know what kind of tech those alien bastards were packing, but it was chilling to watch. We actually outnumbered them pretty significantly -- I heard there weren't more than twenty of the big ships. But they were just sharks -- hunting and killing at will.

Our torpedoes gunners couldn't get lock-on, our big railguns couldn't penetrate their shields... and at the same time, their high-energy beam weapons cut through our deflectors and armor like they weren't there. Frigates obliterated instantly, destroyers cut in half, our bigger line ships maybe taking four or five hits, tops. If we're going to take these guys on and win, we're either going to have to have significant strength in numbers, or seriously upgrade our tech.

We're at least a whole generation behind. Sticks and stones against machineguns.