I don't have any problem on following the narrative, but I have a problem on visualising the system. What I also see is that you have an excellent opportunity to go off and write several thousand words of exposive narrative, that details not only the system, but also its political and militaristic objectives. If the general is one of the main POV's then stick with him all the way through and don't be afraid on making heavy narrative paras between the dialogue lines.
This is how they visualised BSG system: http://www.fanboy.com/wp-content/upl...colonies_1.jpg
(note: it's really large.)
And this gives a visualisation to a small star cluster: