Intelligence Agencies are the backbone of any country. Though there are no actual figures and data about the system of working and operations and purposes of different intelligence agencies of the world but we can figure out what actually these intelligence agencies actually do. The primary goal of a secret agency or the intelligence agency is to maintain her country’s pride by collecting information and coping with internal and external conflicts like social, economical, communal, military and terrorists attacks. The intelligence agency of any country is in the direct control of the Prime Minister or the President of that country. These intelligence agencies are independent and are not answerable to anyone except the head of the state. Intelligence bureaus used to spy on the influential people of other countries as well as of their own country to gather the information prior to any global happening. Here is a list of 10 Top Intelligence Agencies of the World that are safeguarding their respective nations from internal and external conflicts and threats.
10. ASIS (Australian Secret Intelligence Service), Australia
ASIS (Australian Secret Intelligence Service) is a secret agency of Australian government which came into existence in 1952 and it is having it’s headquarter in the Australian capital territory that is Canberra. It is a secret agency in a real sense as it was a secret for 20 years from its own government. ASIS performs inland and overseas operations to gather information of their political and economic interests from different parts of the world through their agents stationed at several places. ASIS mainly targets Asian and Pacific countries for the interested secret information. ASIS is lined up at number 9 in our list of 10 Top Intelligence Agencies of the World.
9. RAW (Research and Analysis Wing), India
RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) is the secret intelligence agency of the independent India. India was having the rough time after independence with several wars like the 1962 Indo-China war and the 1965 Indo-Pak war and Indian government was in shortage of external or foreign information and the foreign information was being collected from the Intelligence Bureau and intelligence agencies of other countries which may or may not be reliable. So RAW was established in 1968 to collect information from other countries by the field agents dropped in different countries. RAW also assists Prime Minister and the Defence ministry about the about to happen terrorist attacks. RAW has shown its capabilities many times but the recent one is the prior information about the Mumbai Attacks of 26/11. RAW has intimated the Indian government about the attacks but the Indian government failed to make the safety arrangements. RAW is lined up at number 9 in our list of 10 Top Intelligence Agencies of the World.
8. DGSE (Direction Generale De La Securite Exterieure), France
DGSE (Direction Generale De La Securite Exterieure) is the successor of the prior intelligence of France that is External Documentation and Counter Espionage Services. It came into existence in 1982. It has a very short span of working time since its existence but it is able to get recognition through its secret intelligence operations inside and outside their country. This works in accordance with the ministry of defence of France and employs about 5000 agents throughout. Its purpose is to gather information from their external sources that will help them building their economic and political plans.
7. FSB (Federal Security Service of Russian Federation), Russia
FSB (Federal Security Service of Russian Federation) is the intelligence agency of Russia after the disintegration of USSR in 1991. It came into existence in 1995 succeeding KGB (Earlier Intelligence Agency of USSR). It is one of huge intelligence agencies employing 350,000 employees. It is responsible for carrying out counter intelligence operations for Russia and helps in gathering relevant information for the security of international borders. It also assists other intelligence agencies of Russian government.
6. BND (Bundesnachrichtendienst), Germany
BND (Bundesnachrichtendienst) came into existence in 1956 and is under the direct control of the Chancellor of Germany. This agency employs nearly 6000 people and assists the German government to form policies from the information collected from abroad. This also helps local agencies to stop and check on the internal issues like drug marketing, human trafficking and liquor distribution and crimes.
5. MSS (Ministry of State Security), China
China is the largest country of the world by population and is the largest growing economy. China is supposed to have the best military equipments as side by side the finest intelligence agency that is MSS is having its headquarters in Beijing. It has a very large span and covers entirely every nation and the agents are deployed in different countries as Businessmen, Bankers, Shopkeepers and with many other identities. They are entitled to collect secret information of their country’s interest and maintaining the worth of their government in the world market.
4. Mossad, Israel
Mossad is one of the finest secret intelligence agencies of the world. It is at number four spot in our list of 10 Top Intelligence Agencies of the World. Mossad conduct inland and overseas counter intelligence programs. It also assists the ferocious Israel army to form strategic plans to carryout various activities at global level. Mossad also assists and help other intelligence agencies to gather information but with keeping their own interest before.
3. MI-6(Military Intelligence Section 6), United Kingdom
MI-6 is a well known name as it is being featured in James Bond movies. It really exists and is one of the oldest secret agencies of the world which was formed in 1909. It is the agency which keeps an eye on every nation to collect information of their interest and assist the inland agencies to carryout different operations for safeguarding and preserving the vast history of England.
2. CIA (Central Intelligence Agency), United States of America
CIA is the most technologically advanced secret agency in the world and it was founded in 1947. CIA doesn’t let off his eyes from the policy makers, corporations, businessmen and influential people of other countries so as to assist the government of USA to formulate policies in the interest of their country. Though it is the most technologically advanced secret intelligence agency but it failed to stop the attack of 9/11 by the Al-Quida on World Trade Centre.
1. ISI (Inter Services Intelligence), Pakistan
ISI (Inter Services Intelligence) is at number one spot in the list of 10 Top Intelligence Agencies of the World. ISI is considered to have the most feasible intelligence structure in the world and its agents are never recovered in any case. It was formed in 1948 to carryout secret operations in India after the disintegration of the country in 1947. It is the agency which is responsible for creating the destabilization in India by assisting the immigrant from Pakistan to India. ISI is considered to have maximum number of field agents and the irony is that the budget of ISI is lowest of all the other secret intelligence agencies of the world.