An intelligence agency plays a vital role in terms of country security and safety. It basically works to collect, analyze, and process information with the help of support from law enforcement, national security, military, and foreign policy objectives by refining processes and protocols.
These agencies provide various services, such as giving early warning of impending crises and saving and serving during national and international crises. Here are the top ten intelligence agencies in the world-
1. CIA - Central Intelligence Agency.
It is one of the great Intelligence agencies of the United States. It was implemented on 18th September 1947by the National Security Act of 1947. Thepresident of the United States, Harry S. Truman, made the Central Intelligence Group.
Their agency collects, processes, and investigates national security information worldwide.The main focus of this security agency is to provide intelligence for the president and cabinet of the United States. Its headquarters is in Langley, Virginia, U.S.
The agency's motto is 'The work of a Nation', and the Unofficial Motto is "And Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free”. It has 21,575 employees. William J. Burns is the director of the CIA, and David S.Cohen is the deputy director of the CIA. CIA has a $15 billion annual budget.
It is the national intelligence security agency of Israel. Mossad was founded on 13th December 1949 as the Central Institute for coordination. Its headquarter is in Tel Aviv, Israel. It has 7000 employees currently working. Mossad is one of the most significant and prominent agencies in the world. David Barnea is the director of Mossad. It has a $2.73 billion annual budget. The motto is "where there is no wisdom, the people fall, but there is security in the crowd of Counsellors”.
3. Research and Analysis wing
Raw is one of the most significant and prominent intelligence agencies globally. Raw is India's foreign security intelligence agency. The main functions of Raw are to collect information from foreign intelligence, counter-terrorism, arms control, and advise Indian policymakers and India's foreign strategic interests.
It is also confluent in the security of India's nuclear program. It was formed on 21st September 1968. RAW headquarter is in CGO Complex, New Delhi. Its motto is "law protects when it is protected”. Samand Goel is the current chief of RAW.
4. Inter-Services Intelligence
It is the central intelligence agency of Pakistan. Its main functions are gathering, processing, and analyzing any information from the world that is related to Pakistan’s national security.
ISI gives information to its Director-General, and it is mainly focused on giving security intelligence to the Pakistani government. It was created in 1948. Its headquarter is located in Aabpara, Islamabad, Pakistan.
It is also known by another name: Secret Intelligence service (SIS). It is the most significant foreign intelligence of the United Kingdom. Its primary function is to convert overseas collection and analysis of any information related to U.K national security. It was formed on 4th July 1909, and its headquarter is in the SIS Building, London, England. Its Motto is "Always Secret." It had 2,594 employers in 2016. The annual budget is £3.02 billion
6. Ministry of State Security
It is the foreign intelligence of China. Its other name is Guoanbu. The agency is mainly responsible for counter-terrorism, collecting information from foreign intelligence, and providing Political Security.
MSS is known for its secretive intelligence agencies in the world. It was formed on 1st July 1983, and its headquarter is in Beijing. From 1955 to 1983, CID was the first civilian intelligence organization in China.
7. Federal Intelligence Service.
It is one of the most significant foreign intelligence agencies in Germany, and it is also known by another name Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND). It was created on 1st April 1956, and its headquarter is in Berlin.
It’s the largest headquarters in the world. The BND’s function is to collect and analyze information on different areas such as international terrorism, illegal transfer of technology, etc. It had 6,500 employers in 2019. Its annual budget is €1.08 Billion.
8. National Security Agency
It is the renowned national-level intelligence agency of the United States. The NSA has a significant impact on global Surveillance, collection, and processing of information and data for foreign and domestic intelligence. It is also responsible for counter-intelligence purposes, known as Signals intelligence.It was created on 4th November 1952, and its headquarter is in Fort Meade, Maryland, U.S. Its motto is "Defending Our Nation. Securing the future". It has 32,000 employers. Its annual budget is classified.
9. Australian Secret Intelligence Service.
ASIS comes among the top ten foreign intelligence agencies in the world. This agency is responsible for gathering foreign intelligence information, conducting counter intelligence activities, and cooperating with other intelligence agencies of other countries. It was founded in 1952, and its headquarter is in Canberra, Australia. This agency was remained secret for more than 20 years, even from the government. Its annual budget is $637.5 million.
10. Federal Security Service
It is the security agency of Russia. The primary responsibility for the internal security of the Russian state, Counter intelligence, and the fight against formed organized crime, terrorism attacks, and drug suppliers, which are severe threats to the world. It was founded in 1995, and its headquarter is in Lubyanka Square, Russia. Its annual budget is classified.