Star Wars: The Old Republic previews Galactic Command and unified gearing
Forum posts detailing the changes to PvE gearing and PvP gearing further clarify that this system is meant to wholly replace the existing system of gearing. Bosses at the level cap are no longer there to drop gear; instead, raiding in the hardest modes is the fastest way to earn Command Experience rather than the only way to earn that gear. Continuing to earn up Command Rank and get better gear outside of raids is eminently possible. It’s a big change to how gear has worked in the game since it launched, but it also means that progress is becoming that much more universal and straightforward.