I know everyone is combing through the WH changes (and for good reason) but ... just read this in today's dev blog:
A new kind of Level 4 missionsTake on a single, powerful enemy using fitting skills and combat tactics in new optional level 4 missions for frigate size ships that will be available from all security agents in Empire space. An upcoming dev blog will present the new missions.
Love for lvl4's - check.
Small ship PVE - check.
These are words I never thought I'd see in a dev blog. Sadly, there is already some angst about it. For me, it's a good thing. It's not much info yet, but I'll take it!