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I think this boils down to communication and chain of command understanding. There should be guidelines set for each operation and those guidelines should be followed, but there always could be secondary factors that alter the scene. The team leaders should be trusted to make the right decisions in leading their teams on the scene. Yes, the commanders should always be in the loop of the situation but sometimes you have to trust you trained your people to do the right things. Our job is to make them ready not micromanage their decisions.