i use quotes around the word "important" because most (not all) people with a rank above Captain are primadonnas that belive they are far more important in the execution of various things than anyone else. Get ten LTCs in a room together and you'll walk out with ten number one priorities of various actual importance in the grand scheme of things. Their rank is what makes something important, they are trained that way from the beginning of their military career, and most dont differentiate between "random soldier with lesser rank that must obey" and "random civilian of any grade that is allowed to think for themselves".
I should have clarified from the beginning that I am in a strategic (non-combat) environment. The only danger involved is to someone's promotion, which is seen more as a right than something that is earned these days.
Tactical (combat or direct support), its quite different yes, but i have no experience there so i cant comment.
Regarding the camera, DISA provides two "profiles" for the security configuration. The more hardened one has the camera, video recording capability, and other settings locked down. That is the profile we are operating under in my area of the theater. If there is a true requirement for it or use of the camera aides in the accomplishment of some mission, i have no problem flipping the switch, however this was a clear case of commander envy. One guy had a good reason and had the capability, the other guy had neither and was jealous. There must be a level of rigidity in order to maintain a baseline, otherwise eventually there are so many exceptions that they become the baseline. Not a problem if there is a good reason for it, but very often there is not.
Dealing with tedious personality and political crap like that takes my time away from real network defense. Posting on slashdot, too...