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I believe a Commander or even an operator may take mental shortcuts when dealing with an incident or situation. A good mental short cut that a Commander or an operator may take when presented with a situation that he is familiar with is referring to a similar incident from the past. They may use those same strategies, lesson learned, and techniques to accomplish the mission or bring the incident to a peaceful resolution just relying on their experience from a previous similar incident. With that being said, a Commander or operator can bypass protocol, procedures, and warning signs of an incident that he is familiar with. This bad mental short cut could result in an end state that is not favorable. One has to stay away from bad mental shortcuts regardless if the situation is familiar to that individual, and regardless of their knowledge and experience.