I just bought the beta through Stardock, and have played through several missions. Unfortunately, it’s getting to the point where I somewhat dread starting a new game. The reason is simple: I end up having to spend a lot of time setting up exactly the same AI configurations for various ships as I did the previous mission, and the mission before that, and the mission before that.
If I build an anti-fighter/point defense frigate, I’m always going to want it to prioritize fighters as targets over frigates and cruisers. Fighter chassis configured as bombers, on the other hand, I’m almost always going to want to focus on cruisers and frigates. I usually want most of my ships configured with Cooperative and Vulture AI.
As far as I’ve been able to determine, there’s no way to assign default AI profiles to specific ship designs. It makes setting up each mission really repetitious and drains away a lot of the fun. IMO, the ability to set AI profiles as part of the ship design process would be a major UI improvement.