All of this really comes down to personal taste.
As has been accurately pointed out, we've dealing with science fiction here, so any current-day comparisons or similarity to other science fiction backgrounds are tenuous at best.
When push comes to shove, if Niel wants "battlestations," he can have them however he wants them, as he's created the fictional universe that we all know and love.
We all have preferences - personally, I would prefer that DTM did not apply to them - but that's only my opinion.
This is a relatively minor point in a big game that I'm going to enjoy regardless of how this shakes out.