Outside the Wire in Blue

In Outside the Wire in Blue, co-authors and American police officers, David Shearman and James ‘JT” Taman, dramatically reveal the highly successful but little known Department of Defense (DOD) civilian law enforcement advisory program born out of the height of the 2006 campaign against the insurgency in Fallujah, Iraq. During this struggle, U.S. Army and Marine Corps leaders recognized that contemporary tactics and strategies were ineffective against an insurgency that acted more like thugs and criminals than a regular fighting force. The question that plagued these leaders was who within their arsenal of warriors understood organized crime, the mindset of criminals, and the tactics and techniques of gangs. The solution was not found within the DOD, it was found in their brothers in blue – the American police officer.

Outside the Wire in Blue

  • About the Authors

    David Shearman is a law enforcement, military, and private sector professional whose distinguished service has taken him around the world. His diverse career has included positions with the LAPD, DHS, DOD, DOS/Diplomatic Security Service, and the private sector from L.A. to D.C., Karachi to Kabul, and from Beijing to Baghdad.


    James (JT) Taman is a decorated and highly accomplished municipal and federal law enforcement professional, whose 30-year career in conducting complex police operations has taken him from the city streets of the U.S. to the jungles of South American and the mountains of Afghanistan.

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