Hey agent coleslaw. There is one tip when editing your base. There is a shadow around any structure when you move it. This is the the amount of space a building takes up. It is also the area an opponent cant deploy any units in.
I had this pointed out to me early on and spread my buildings out a bit more creating a bigger base footprint.
If your squadmates aren't helping find a squad with some good players. If you cant help a squadmate out you're a d***!