It would be nice to have a distance slide bar for escorting. You could tell fighters to escort at a large distance to create a larger fighter screen. Or you could have frigates escort at a close range to provide a missile defense layer. Probably other strategies that could be refined with greater control.
Agreed, or be able to tell your escorts: “when the ship you are assigned to protect is under attack, you’re free to engage freely (or just against whatever is attacking what you are assigned to escort)”