i am picking up this game. it looks great. love the concept. i am really hoping that there might be the possibility of multiplayer. is there any way to pit my fleet versus my friends? or might there be in the future? does anyone know?

There sure it. Make sure you put in the registration code (hit the online button on the main menu) and pick a username. Then you can issue a challenge to another GSB player (or everyone) and download challenges from other players. You browse challenges using the challenge button from the main menu, and you issue your own from within a mission deployment screen (button at the bottom).