General Knowledge : Intelligence Agencies of the World

An intelligence agency is a government agency, which is mainly responsible for gathering, analyzing, and passing the valuable information to the Government in support of national security, military, and foreign policy objectives.

The Intelligence agents protect sensitive information secrets, ie their own secrets as well as the secrets of their own country. They give early warning of impending crises.

There is a difference between “security intelligence” and “foreign intelligence“. Security intelligence pertains to domestic threats (left wing extremism, drug and human traficking etc). Foreign intelligence involves information collection relating to the political, or economic activities of foreign states.

Here are the list of Intelligence Agencies of some major countries.

Intelligence Agencies


Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) Pakistan
Central Intelligence Agencies (CIA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) United States of America
Komitet gosudarstvennoy bezopasnosti (KGB)/ Glavnoje Razvedyvatel’noje Upravlenije (GRU) Russia
Militärischer Nachrichtendienst Switzerland
Australian Security and Intelligence Organization Australia
Centro Intelligence Interforze (CII) Italy
Royal Intelligence Corps Malaysia
Mukhbarat Egypt
Central External Liaison Department China
Military Counterintelligence Service Germany
Sazamane Etelaat va Amniate Kechvar (SAVAK) Iran
Etterretningstjenesten Norway
Naicho Japan
Bureau of State Security (BOSS) South Africa
Canadian Security Intelligence Service Canada
Al Mukbharat Iraq
Direction General de Securite Exterieur (DGSE) France
Secret Intelligence Service United Kingdom
General Intelligence Presidency Saudi Arabia
Security and Intelligence Division Singapore