Beef sent in a chat transcript a few days back -- it's part of a public chat with Eric Peterson, producer of StarLancer and Conquest. Here's his confirmation regarding the Pegasus in-joke...
[16:39] Stormire: my favorite is the fighters screaming 'stay on target....'
[16:39] DaDakota: We have some hidden humor all through the game
[16:39] TK: hey jerrid
[16:39] Dazz: fied enemies coming up i like that saying :¬D
[16:39] beergod: you need to thank George Bush too
[16:39] Kilrathisoldier: The funny thing about Smirnoff, is that it is a drink in Russia! LOL!
[16:39] Dazz: fried
[16:39] DaDakota: Storm, our tribute to SW
[16:39] Beef: hehe 'loading navcom AI' =)
[16:39] Stormire: =) praise be
[16:39] GC-Shadow: and the battleships special science weapons is awesome
[16:39] DaDakota: Beef, our tribute to WC
[16:39] Vagamus: smirnoff ice? heh
[16:39] Beef: =)
[16:40] DaDakota: since no one saw the movie