Curious as to the rationale for why spec ops were changed from a set number (like expos) to being morale based? The game has definitely switched from largely fleet-on-fleet action to warfare by agents and wizards instead.
In 2015 Stefan and the mods released a rewrite to the morale formula, which included spec ops being looped in.
I wasn’t involved in the decision making there so can’t speak to the reasoning behind it, but the change was pretty much universally hated.
In 2017 I reverted it, but because of the way it was written, it was not a clean process and specops got left behind. It’s been on the list to revert those too, but it competes with other priorities.