An intelligence agency refers to a government institution which collects, analyze and exploit valuable information and intelligence to protect the national debts.
The intelligence agencies help country to cope with security matters and to protect the nation from likely security breach; the core purpose of spy agencies is collection of secret information to secure the country from any internal and external happening which harm the stability of state either economically or politically.
The intelligence agencies also provide indirect security to tangible and intangible infrastructure of the country like nuclear program or any document containing sensitive information.
Personnel of any intelligence agency has been called agents, spies or undercover officers who vowed to devote his life and worked as secret agent for the state. Here are top 10 intelligence agencies of 2015 are given which are working in present for its respective countries to lock the safety of nation.
1. Inter-Service Intelligence, (ISI) Pakistan
The Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence (Inter-Services Intelligence) is the premier intelligence service of Pakistan, founded in1948. It has responsibilities of collecting information of critical national security and intelligence assessment for Government of Pakistan.
American Crime News declared Pakistan Inter Services Intelligence as world’s best and strongest intelligence agency, headquartered in Shahrah-e-Soharwardi in Islamabad. ISI is most known and famous agency among three agencies working in Pakistan; others are Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Military Intelligence (MI). ISI is known as command immense power in the Pakistani establishment, referred to principle brainpower organization of the country.
2. Central Intelligence Agency, (CIA) United States
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is most prominent and familiar among other United States National Security Agency (NSA), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). CIA has been founded in 1947, considered as an independent and top agency in the whole world.
The prime functions includes acquiring and analyzing information about foreigners, public relations for required data and underground operations at the direction of the president of United States. The agency headquarter is located in Langley, Virginia, a few miles west of Washington.
3. Secret Intelligence Service, (MI6) United Kingdom
MI6 formally known as the Secret Intelligence Service was created just before the World War I for the possible reach the activities of the Imperial German government. The Agency headquarter called SIS Building, has been situated in Vauxhall Cross, London.
MI6 has been closely involved in various conflicts in 20th and 21st centuries but not officially acknowledged till 1994. The secret front line” of Britain`s national security has responsibilities to keep close eye on internal and external terror activities, organizations and countries which could harm national defense and state security.
4. Federal Security Services, (FSB) Russia
The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) is the principal security agency of the Russian Federation and the main successor agency to the USSR’s Committee of State Security (KGB).
Formed in 1995, the agency is committed to the country for intelligence, counter-terrorism and security enhancement and defense security. It has at least 250K personnel containing undercover agents, secret officers and foreign spies; it’s mainly fight the state crime, terror acts, drug smuggling and other internal security violence in the country.
5. Bundesnachrichtendienst, (BND) Germany
The Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), Federal Intelligence Service was established prior to World War II to spy the enemies’ strategies and plans, headquartered in Pullach near Munich.
The Budget of BND is in billions as it used most modern technology to spy over its enemies for national security concerns, considered as one of the best and well-organized intelligence agencies in the world. However, the main objective of Agency is surveillance of sensitive issues referred to domestic and foreign intelligence.
6. Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India
Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) is India’s independent intelligence agency created in 1968. The agency head only reports to Prime Minister, not answerable to the Indian Parliament in any way as compared to other western intelligence agencies.
however, its prime purpose it to accumulate information regarding terror activities in the country which faced number of terror attacks in past years. RAW main focus is India’s neighbor Pakistan, engaged in many operations against Pakistan with physical secret basis in the country.
7. Direction Generale De La Securite Exterieure (DGSE), France
The General Directorate for External Security (DGSE) replaced the replacing the older Service de Documentation Extérieure et de Contre-Espionnage (SDECE) which has been formed in 1982. Despite of its recent formation, the agency went responsible for the collection and interpretation of intelligence for sensitive concerns of France.
The Agency has not famous as other intelligence agencies but claimed that it has prevented 15 terror attacks in France; with a personnel of 5000 it works under the Safeguard Service of French Government and has been placed on seventh number in our list.
8. Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS), Australia
The Australian Secret Intelligent Service (ASIS) agency has been founded in 1951 by the executive power of the Commonwealth, the mission of ASIS is ‘Protect and promote Australia’s vital interests through the provision of unique foreign intelligence services as directed by Government’.
Intelligence agency of Australia is also lined up in top intelligence agencies of 2015 as it has wide hold on intelligence all over the world with its disperse personnel. There were many controversies in the ASIS; however, it has been resolved with conversion of it into a statuary body.
9. Ministry of State Security (MSS), China
The Ministry of State Security (MSS) is the intelligence-security agency of the People’s Republic of China, the headquarters located near the Ministry of Public Security of the People’s Republic of China in Beijing The agency has been responsible for counter-intelligence, political security and far-off intelligence.
MSS is working parallel to the public security bureaus but has non-state security matters often collaborate both for the large extent. The Agency was established in 1937 which has been founded in 1949 by Communist Part of China, collected antithetical information for civil war in China.
10. The Institute For Intelligence and Special Operation (MOSAD), Israel
MOSSAD is the intelligence agency of Israel, most active organization in the country committed to collect intelligence involved in counter-terrorism and various covert operations. The director of agency is bound to report activities to the head of state Prime Minister of Israel.
Contrary to others MOSSAD is considered as most powerful agency due to scarce widened resources, the undercover agents has been present in various countries to collect the valuable information for the country. Mossad’s most notorious unit is the “Special Operations Division” or Metsada which has involved in many assassinations and secret operations worldwide.