Right, I was playing the mission where you have to save the Daferi captives from a Breen Patrol. So I'm going through it and my Tactical Officer suggests we attack them and see if they still act cocky (basically). So I go with what she says and I fail the mission...and it would of gotten me to VA1.
I actually think this is not the kind of advice a tactical officer should ever give. Sure a tactical officer's highest priority after obeying the Captain's orders is to ensure the safety of ship and crew, but this does not mean suggesting that you should shoot first at a potentially hostile ship to achieve a goal. Even Worf usually just recommended raising shields and maintaining weapon readiness incase they were needed. I think I can recall a couple of times where Worf suggested firing on an enemy ship first, but they were very rare and I chalked them down to his Klingon instincts.
Either way, Starfleet should be drilling into all officers (including tactical) the importance of finding non-hostile solutions to problems unless there is no other choice.
Does your boff recommend firing weapons, or just locking weapons on? I thought I remembered them saying something like "let's lock our weapons on and see if they're still cocky" after they suggested I beam her over as an exchange for the captives. I don't see Starfleet firing first, but I wouldn't put just locking the weapons on out of the realm of possibility.
This might sound odd but I love the idea of more input from our officers...and not all of it should be good advice either. That way you as a "captain" will have to make the final decision, based on their advice and your gut feeling.
My favorite part of that is how angry your tactical officer is about it. They actually show emotion. I though it funny that I put my Breen officer as my main tactical officer so he's the one angry at the other Breen.
The last time I did the mission with my tactical captain, I rescued the Deferi first THEN scattered the Breen across the system. I then waited for the reinforcements and sent them to meet the first. At the end I got this spill from my chief tactical officer about how important it is to find a non-combative solution.