Hey. I've been playing a lot of XCOM recently and I am loving it. The problem I have with it is that I run into a huge scenario where a. all of my men die or b. everyone leaves XCOM as I don't have the resources to help them OR myself. I still love the game, nonetheless. I was wondering what strategies you guys use that are long-term and allow you to 'keep up with the times', so to say. I've put all of my efforts into science, attempted to 100% balance engineering and science, and I am about to put a lot of efforts into engineering while keeping a decent science up.
When you get the first abduction mission, go for the engineers and try to get another satellite network online as soon as possible. You should always be building at least one satellite and make sure you have the facilities for them. Launching satellites is the best way to control panic because not only do you get the immediate reduction, you will also start finding UFOs in the covered areas.
As far as your men dieing, sometimes it's unavoidable. All you can do is make sure they are well equipped and you have a good composition.