What are the top best security intelligence agencies in the world? Which country is the best when it comes to intelligence gathering and national security? Well, I advice you read on to find out.
A security intelligence agency plays a very important role in a country’s governance. It is saddled with the responsibility of cumulating, examining, and desecrating data and intelligence. This data is used to reinforce national security, law, defense systems and arrangements, and foreign policy targets.
Most of the time, a security intelligence agency collects data through covert techniques such as undercover operations, cryptanalysis, alliance with other organizations, etc. The subsequent combination and organization of the data collected is known as intelligence assessment or analysis.
In short, an intelligence agency strengthens a country’s strength and defense mechanism. It helps to defend a country’s strategic assets and boundary. So without wasting your time, the following are the ten best security intelligence agencies in the world (according to 2013 ranking):
Top 10 Best Security Intelligence Agencies in the World
1. ISI, Pakistan
Created in 1948 as a separate unit with its headquarters in Shahrah-e-Soharwardi (in Islamabad), the Inter Services Intelligence belonging to Pakistan is the best in the world. It was established to strengthen the country’s foundation as well as protect it. The agency has done well to achieve these goals, especially in operations of Afghanistan, Kashmir Front, Kargil War, and Siachin. ISI operates in a well-organized legal and constitutional framework, and it is working painstakingly to protect Pakistan from national and international terrorism.
2. CIA, USA
An independent agency, the Central Intelligence Agency (owned by the United States) is controlled by the Director of National Intelligence. It was established by President Harry S Truman in 1947. The CIA is divided into four arms: the Directorate of Support, the Directorate of Intelligence, the National Clandestine Service, and the Directorate of Science and Technology.
3. MI6, UK
Formed in 1909, the MI6 is UK’s intelligence service. It was formed in 1909 and has its headquarters in Vauxhall Cross, London. The MI6 works in alliance with various organizations, which include the Internal Security Service (MI5), the Government Communications Headquarters, the Defense Intelligence, and the Intelligence Committee. These organizations work together to foster national security.
4. FSB, Russia
Established in 1995 after the division of the old USSR, Russia’s intelligence agency, the Federal Security Service (FSB) is the country’s principal security organization. It is saddled with certain responsibilities, which include mobilizing information as well as defending and protecting Russia from terrorism. The agency has its main office in Lubayanka Square, Moscow.
5. BND, Germany
The Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) was established in 1956 as Germany’s federal intelligence agency. With its headquarters in Pullach, BND focuses mainly on collecting and analyzing intelligence reports and data, detecting potential threats as well as informing the German government and people about terrorist ad criminal activities.
6. DGSE, France
The General Directorate for External Security (DGSE) belonging to France is also one of the world’s most powerful security intelligence agencies. Established in 1982, it is controlled by the country’s defense ministry. The DGSE protects the people of France and checks terrorist activity in the country. It is also responsible for protecting the country’s borders.
7. ASIS, Australia
The Australian Secret Intelligence Service was established in 1952, with its headquarters in the country’s capital, Canberra. As expected, the agency collects and analyzes secret information and intelligence data, checks criminal activity, and evaluates the activities and plots of rival countries. It also counteracts against activities that threaten the security and safety of Australian people.
8. RAW, India
India’s intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing was created in 1968, with its headquarters in New Delhi. It collects intelligence data about criminals, foreign governments, corporations, and so on. It then sends the information to Indian policy makers. The RAW supervises India’s nuclear activity and protects the country’s borders.
9. MSS, China
A strong and very large agency, China’s Ministry of State Security is the cardinal security intelligence agency saddled with the responsibility of protecting the country’s people and defending its borders against internal and external conspiracies. The agency focuses majorly on foreign and antithetical intelligence.
10. Mossad, Israel
Established in 1949, the Mossad is Israel’s secret intelligence agency, which collects, combines, and analyzes security intelligence data and makes necessary security decisions based on its findings. It also engages in covert operations to check crime and terrorism, with a special focus on Arab activities. Mossad has eight functional arms, with each saddled with certain responsibilities. All these arms work together to maintain law and order in Israel as well as protect it from any attacks coming from without.
In conclusion, it’s just surprising that the ISI tops the list. Who would have expected a third-world country like Pakistan to boast of the world’s best intelligence agency? India’s RAW is another surprise inclusion. Aside ISI and RAW, other inclusions are just expected.