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GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (Sept. 3, 2015) Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counternarcotics and Global Threats Caryn Hollis stressed the importance of international partnerships to battle drug and human trafficking to the 79 participants from 49 countries that completed the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies’ Countering Narcotics and Illicit Trafficking resident course today.  “Once you need a friend, it’s too late to make one,” she stressed about the importance of relationships formed here to combat transnational threats.  The participants, who came from as far reaching as Fiji and Cote d’Ivoire, are now part of a growing network of more than 225 alumni from 73 countries who also completed the three-week resident course focused on 21st century national security threats as a result of illicit trafficking and other criminal activities.  (Marshall Center photos by KarlHeinz Wedhorn /RELEASED)