Intelligence Agencies of the World – Major List

 list of Intelligence Agencies

DayTodayGK has prepared a major list of Intelligent agencies of the World.

Why a Country needs an Intelligent Agency?

  • To restrict and limit internal and external threats intelligence agency has key importance and without intelligence sources, it is very difficult for any country to survive in the world.

What is the Major Function?

  • It collects information like international non-state terrorism, mass destruction proliferation, organized crime, weapons and drug trafficking, money laundering and information warfare.
  • The intelligence agencies also provide indirect security to a tangible and intangible infrastructure of the country like a nuclear program or any document containing sensitive information.

Intelligence Agencies of the World

Intelligence Agencies of the World

S No. Country Intelligence agencies
1. Pakistan ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence)
2. Israel Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations (Mossad)
3. US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
4. UK Secret Intelligence Service (MI6)
5. Russia Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR)
6. France General Directorate for External Security (DGSE)
7. China Ministry of State Security (MSS — which covers both internal and external security)
8. Canada Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS)
9. Australia Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS)
10. New Zealand New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (SIS or NZSIS)
11. Saudi Arabia General Intelligence Presidency (GIP)
12. Japan Public Security Intelligence Agency (PSIA)
13. Germany Federal Intelligence Service (BND)
14. India Research & Analysis Wing (RAW)
15. Brazil  Brazilian Intelligence Agency (ABIN)

Interesting facts about Intelligence agencies

  • RAW came into being on September 21st, 1968, after the Sino-Indian war of 1962 and the India-Pakistan war of 1965.
  • Initially, RAW used to hire people only from IB (Intelligence Bureau), Indian police services, and Indian military or revenue departments.
  • RAW’s motto is ‘धर्मो रक्षति रक्षित:’, which basically translates to he who does not observe Dharma is destroyed, while he who follows it meticulously is protected. Dharma, in this context, stands for the nation.
  • While IB, deals with the internal matters, the RAW is more concerned with external affairs. The agency’s main focus is to monitor the movement and activities of its neighbours, especially China and Pakistan.
  • Mossad is like the godfather of all intelligence agencies. The agency has been a part of some of the most daring undercover operations the world has ever seen. It is often believed that it is because of Mossad that Israel is still able to hold its ground.
  • The CIA is often considered as the reason behind America’s domination over the world. The agency plays a vital role in maintaining America’s position as a superpower.
  • The MI6 is one of the oldest existing intelligence agencies in the world. The agency has been in operation even before the world war I.


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