The Empire is still reeling after the Emperor launched a a full scale inquiry into the effectiveness and capabilities of his army of Imperial Stormtroopers.
While admitting the destruction of Alderon was a success, Darth Vader, the Emperor's right hand man told reporters that appears to have been a one-off.
"Our ground forces were not involved in the destruction of Alderon, that was purely a Naval matter." Lord Vader said, breathing heavily throughout the news conference.
"What has become plain is that the Army is just not up to scratch. Whether that's down to the training or the equipment, will be investigated by the inquiry under Lord Hutton."
Equipment has long been a subject of complaint by Stormtroopers. They say their laser rifles are inaccurate and lack the kill-power of those used by the Rebels.
News footage and daily body counts indicate that while some Stormtroopers manage to kill or severely wound members of the Rebellion, the vast majority are using weapons that are either badly calibrated or just plain useless.
Lord Hutton is expected to start taking evidence for his inquiry aboard a newly finished Death Star in the summer.
BAE Systems, which makes the majority of the equipment used by the Empire, refused to comment on the investigation.