Turns out the issue was being caused by an overlay program I use when I play Planetside; recursion tracker. I don't know or understand why recursion tracker would be doing anything to Battlefleet Gothic, but after testing several times to make sure, including alt-tabbing into and out of the game both with and without the overlay program running, I've been able to verify with a fair degree of certainty that it was the cause of the stuttering and freezing.
Steps to repeat:
1. Download Recursion Tracker
2. Run Recursion Tracker
3. Run Battlefleet Gothic through Steam
4. Try to play a skirmish match
5. Observe stuttering/freezing
1. Don't run Recursion Tracker while playing Battlefleet Gothic
Title pretty much says it all; if I alt-tab out of the game, and then back in, I get stuttering and freezing issues. Typically after button clicks or key-presses. e.g. I click a UI button, and the game freezes/stutters for 1-2 seconds. Sometimes longer, sometimes shorter. I had a complete hang-up/crash at one point during a skirmish match as well. The game became completely unresponsive to button presses, instead of mostly unresponsive.
This stuttering issue then persists even if I close and relaunch the game. I'm not sure what exactly gets it to stop happening, aside from not playing the game for awhile.
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On an unrelated note: I also have been completely unable to play multiplayer since purchasing the game.