Ichthyic, I suggest you go back to that Save and press f12 to file an in-game report with this point to the devs. That will make sure it gets under their noses.
Good catch, mate.
Personally, I have a problem with the endgame researches, in that there are too many unidentified and unheralded hoops to jump through. I lost my first campaign because the bleedin’ endgame never bl**!y ended, and the ODI finally ran out of time - every time I thought I’d completed the final trigger research, another blasted hurdle popped up and I had to research something else, until eventually I lost the will to live.
Looks like that gets exacerbated with multiple endgames by the Factions’ irritating habit of waiting around until they can be bothered to set you the next hurdle, rather than rewarding you immediately.
Given that the higher Difficulties have stupidly short ODI timers anyway, this is doubly frustrating.