But here's another way to think about it -- Dead End was initially released as part of the First Contact expansion, the same set that gave us the Borg as an affiliation. (And where Decipher clearly went with the whole "objectives" angle to avoid having to include a dozen or more missions in the set with Borg affiliation icons for them to attempt.)
My personal feeling is that the designers of First Contact were not thinking to themselves, "Hey, you know what this set really needs, a dilemma that punishes anyone who is not playing Borg by making them attempt a different mission, but which is a minor inconvenience for a Borg player." Lets not forget that, at the time, the Borg actually treated most of the PAQ dilemmas out there as minor inconveniences anyway: Edo Probe, they don't care about point loss, Male's love interest, they're probing with one genderless drone, Firestorm, the drone has integrity of either 5 or 7, Cytherians, that's why we have a Transwarp Network Gateway network. And for everything really tough they can Adapt: Negate Obstruction
Maybe I'm wrong and this card was supposed to stick it to people who hadn't spent a bunch of money on the new set, but I think Jebus' proposal is probably how they expected this card to work.