GCMC public affairs staff report
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany -- The global nature of illicit trafficking and how to address the transit of illicit goods took center stage during a workshop here April 30 and May 1 bringing together three combatant commands and a member of the Turkish National Police Academy.
U.S. Africa, Central, and European Commands gathered at the Defense Department’s George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies here to select and validate course curriculum for the center’s newest course called Countering Narcotics and Illicit Trafficking.
The workshop focused on the transit of goods as they make their way from source countries in the AFRICOM and CENTCOM countries to receiver countries in EUCOM.
“Discussions were aimed at aligning course material to meet the most pressing counter narcotics and illicit trafficking challenges in each of the three combatant commanders’ areas of responsibility,” said Joseph Vann, professor of national security studies, U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service faculty chair and director of the new Marshall Center course.
Vann said one of the highlights of the workshop was the participation of Dr. Onder Karakus, assistant Professor at the Turkish National Police Academy in Ankara, Turkey. “Dr. Onder’s contributions in the workshop marked the first step in academic cooperation in furtherance of the recently signed memorandum of understanding between the Marshall Center and the Turkish National Police Academy,” Vann said.