An intelligence agency is basically an agency that works for the government. Collection, analysis and exploitation of information and intelligence that later helps in national security, defense, enforcement of laws and defining foreign policy objectives; are some of the functions a good intelligence agency serves. Each country has its own distinct intelligence agency that has broad dimension and international networks. These agencies are also involved in recovery of most of the data about criminals. People working in these agencies are called as agents who are extremely devoted and involved with the state affairs. The agents of the Intelligence agencies also work and help in the recovery of the lost people in the world. Both overt and covert methods are used for gathering secret data. Let’s have a look at the top 10 World’s Best Intelligence Agencies 2014.
10. DGSE, France
DGSE is an abbreviation of Direction Générale De La Sécurité Extérieure. In English, this means General Board of External Security. This agency was formally formed in 1982 and operates under the Defense Ministry of French Government. Main motive of the agency is gathering foreign intelligence and protection of internal security. Organizational activities and operation details are not made public.
9. ASIS, Australia
ASIS stands for Australian Secret Intelligence Service. The agency was founded in 1952 and is supervised by a Director General. It is one of the most efficient intelligence agencies and has its basic interest centered in Asia and pacific regions. The efficient agents are spread round the globe and are working whole heartedly in protecting the national, economic and political facets of their country.
8. KHAD, Afghanistan
KHAD stands for Khadamat-e Aetla’at-e Dawlati, which in English means State Intelligence Agency. Though afghan agency has not been on major fronts after the civil war in Afghanistan in 1996, in 2014 this intelligence agency may become highlighted again. It is stated by many political analysts that KHAD is basically being funded by RAW. The agency has a manipulative role and may become a pertinent source of or facilitator to any proxy war that could be fought in near future.
7. RAW, India
RAW stands for Research and Analysis Wing. It is the external agency of India that was formed in 1968. Major objective of the agency is protecting national borders and keeping an eye on all such circumstances that could lead to any war situation. Agency is also active for counter-terrorism in India and for this purpose gathers and analyses information from foreign government, individuals and corporate’s perspectives.
6. Mossad, Israel
Mossad id the intelligence agency for Israel and was formed in 1949. It is one of the most successful intelligence agencies of the world and has keen interests in covert operations and paramilitary activities. Their major focus is on Arab nations and other organizations of the world. This agency has also been extensively involved in clandestine and concealed movement of Jewish refugees out of Syria and Iran. In 2014, the agency is expected to rise to distinct levels of functioning. Because of their strong power and role, the chance of having a nuclear war in Israel was subsided.
5. BND, Germany
BND is an abbreviation of Bundesnachrichtendienst, which in English means Federal Intelligence Service. This agency was created after World War II and since then has been one of the leading intelligence agencies of the world. The major aim of agency is collecting secret information and security secrets of German government are also under the domain of BND. Gathering intelligence data and detecting threats about criminal and terrorist activities is also the objective of this agency.
4. FSB, Russia
FSB stands for Federal Security Service and is the main security agency of Russia. It was founded in early 1990’s and since then has developed periodically. Today and even in the years to come it would be ranked among the top most efficient intelligence agencies of the world. Major aim of the agency is collecting information. Protecting national interests and taking counter-terrorism steps for enhancing country’s security. With over 250 thousand staff, special agents and squads, the agency’s main office is located in Moscow.
3. MI-6, United Kingdom
MI-6 is normally called as Secret Intelligence Service and is one of the best intelligence agencies of the world. It was formed in 1909 and has its head quarter located in London. This agency works in joint collaboration with Government Communications Headquarters and the Internal Security Service. Ensuring national security and informing government of any unusual activity is the major function of the agency.
2. CIA, USA
Central Intelligence Agency is the independently functioning intelligence agency of the United States of America. This functions under Direction of Nations Intelligence and has the major objectives of collecting, organizing and analyzing information from all national and foreign contexts. This information is then made available to policy makers so that they can formulate the laws and rules best for national interest.
1. ISI, Pakistan
ISI stands for Inter-Services Intelligence and is the main intelligence agency for Pakistan. This has been ranked as the world’s best intelligence agency by the American Crime News. Major aim of the agency is to protect national interests, pay heed to matters of political and social interests and advise the military in taking appropriate steps. Safeguarding nation from domestic and foreign enemy attacks along with counter-terrorism steps also highlight the objectives. This agency has played vital and effective role during Kargil & Afghan Wars and Kashmir operation.