Why is the bridge located in a vulnerable spot on capital ships?
In various sci-fi worlds, capital-class space ships seem to have their bridge located in a manner where it is easily accessible to enemy fire (even small ship fire).
It makes it seem like it would be extremely easy for a squad of enemy fighters to shoot at or kamikaze into and take out the bridge, thus disabling most navigation systems and other various ship controls.
- Star Wars Star Destroyers.
- Not sure what "class" the Star Trek Enterprise ship belongs to but I would say that counts in this discussion as well.
- And others...
Why not just completely enclose the bridge in heavy armor (or within the interior of the ship) and use cameras & displays?