Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Friday called for reforms to the Navy’s contracting system in light of an investigation that saw a Peterson Air Force base officer charged with conspiracy to commit bribery.
U.S. Navy Commander Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz, assigned to U.S. Northern Command was arrested in a bribery scheme that included trading classified information on ship movements for stays in luxury hotels and the services of prostitutes, prosecutors said in a news release. At the other end was a contractor who allegedly profited from the information by providing provisions and port services for the ships.
Mabus said he’s making sure the scheme can’t be repeated by adding new new standards and more oversight to the program that gets ships provisioned at overseas ports.
“The conduct and the behavior alleged to have occurred in connection with this case is absolutely incompatible with the standards we require from our Navy officers and civilians,” Mabus said. “If, as a result of this investigation, criminal prosecutors decide not to pursue criminal charges, but instead refer cases to the Navy for disposition, I’m announcing that those cases will be reviewed and resolved through a consolidated disposition authority.”
Misiewicz, accepted the bribes while he was assigned to the 7th Fleet in the Pacific, federal prosecutors alleged in a news release. He’s facing charges before a federal court in San Diego.
You can see a video of Mabus addressing the topic HERE.