An intelligence agency is basically a governmental agency which is made for information gathering. There purpose is the national security and defense. The information they gather can be about espionage communication interception, cryptanalysis, cooperation with institutions and evaluation of public sources.
An intelligence agency is a national power. These agencies normally work without the knowledge of public even their successes are not remembered by the people but their failure is always the HIGHLIGHTED news of the press, Well, here we have the list of top 10 best intelligence agencies in the world and the ranking is based on their rate of success and taking care of the situations efficiently.
So, let us take a look!
10. CSIS, Canada
It was created in 1984, it is made on the same pattern of CIA and MI6, which are civil agencies but connected to the military and police.
9. ASIS, Australia
This agency was formed on 13th May,1952. Their annual budget is $162.5m AUD(2007). This agency is the Australian government intelligence agency which is responsible for collecting foreign intelligence. Its main purpose is the protection of country’s political and economic interests.
8. RAW, India
This was formed in 21 September, 1968. Their headquarters are in New Delhi, India. It was formed after the two major wars in India, first the Sino-India war in 1962 and then the Pakistan-India war in 1965. Its responsibility is the collection of external intelligence, counter terrorism and covert operations.
7. MOSSAD, Israel
This was formed on 13th December, 1949 as the Central Institute for Coordination. The Mossad is responsible for intelligence collection and covert operations. Its director directly reports to the head of the state.
6. BND, Germany
This was formed on 1st April, 1956 and their employees are around 6,050. The BND acts as the early warning system to alert the German government. They depend highly on wiretapping and electronic surveillance f international communications.
5. DGSE, France
This was formed on 2nd April, 1982. They work under the direction os French ministry of defense, they provide intelligence and national security to the country.
4. FSB, Russia
This was formed in 3rd April, 1995 and their employees are around 350,000. These are involved in the counter intelligence, internal and border security, counter terrorism and surveillance. Their headquarters are in Lubyanka Square, Downtown Moscow. All the intelligence agencies including KGB and NKVD work under the instructions of FSB.
3. MI6, United Kingdom
This was formed in 1909 and their headquarters are in Vauxhall Cross, London. These are the british equivalent to the CIA and they are really effective.
2. CIA, United States
This was formed in 18th September, 1947 and their employees are around 20,000. This agency is responsible for gathering data from the other countries and national security. They are also the advisors of the policy makers.
1. ISI, Pakistan
This was formed in 1948 and their headquarters are in Islamabad, Pakistan. ISI has the lengthiest record of success, After the Indo-Pakistan war of 1947 this was formed in 1948. ISI have won more GOLD MEDALS than any other intelligence agency and Lieutenant General Ahmad Shuja Pasha, PA Director General is leading this intelligence agency.
They have the highest number of agents all over the world, almost 10,000, ISI is one of the strongest intelligence agencies of the world. Pakistan is really proud of it!