Top 10 Best Intelligence Agencies in the World 2020

The intelligence and security agency of a country is one of the most important protection shields for any country. Every country in the world continuously tries to improve and strengthen their intelligence agencies to gain a stronger foothold in international relations. Any country that has the support of a powerful intelligence agency has a higher ability of gaining acknowledgement and collaboration from other countries. While many of them try to outrank the other agencies of the world, only a few have been able to succeed at this. Below is our list of the Top 10 Best Intelligence Agencies in the World 2020.

10. Ministry of State Security (MSS)

Headquarters: Beijing, China 

Founded: 1983 

It is one of the most important agencies in China and is very heavily funded by the government. The agency is of immense importance to the country and it has helped China maintain the establishment of its communist party. China is only able to keep its internet under full-control of their authority because of the technological abilities of this agency. It is one of the most savvy agencies when it comes to gathering rare international intelligence.

9. DGSE (General Directorate for External Security), France

Headquarters: Paris, France

Founded: 1982

This agency has helped France keep terrorism and other dangerous activities out of its country. One main target of this agency is protection from ISIS. It primarily serves the military and strategic interests of the country by gathering intelligence from all over the world. It also has one of the highest number of employees as it employs over 5,000 people.

8. ASIS ( Australian Secret Intelligence Service), Australia

Headquarters: Canberra

Founded: 1952

This intelligence and security agency of australia has the most secretive operations and activities. Its recruits mostly work undercover and it is very hard to gather information about this agency by other countries. Their primary focus is only to take care of the country’s safety and eliminate any threats from external sources. It is also powerful because it often collaborates with other powerful agencies in the world.

7. Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS)

Headquarters: Ottawa, Canada  

Founded: 1984 

CSIS is the intelligence agency of Canada and plays a major role in the safety and protection of the country. Its primary focus is to gather international intelligence from all over the world to help maintain peace and safety in the country.

6. Federal Intelligence Service (BND)

Formed: 1956

Headquarters: Berlin, Germany

The agency of Germany has one of the highest numbers of recruits and has many diversified operations and interests. It gathers international as well as internal data on different areas that may interfere with the country’s peace and well-being such as not only terrorism but also any type of illegal activities such as weapons or drug trafficking, unauthorized transfer or the country’s technology and internal information. It has the highest level of technological advancements and has one of the best surveillance systems in the world.

5.  M1-6 – United Kingdom

Founded: 1909

Headquarters: London

M1-6 has been one of the oldest intelligence agencies and has a very long history of successes. The agency is responsible for protecting the country from Hitler’s evil intentions and the information gathered by the agency was also one of the reasons Hitler was defeated by the UK. This agency has particularly been powerful because of its positive international relations with other intelligence agencies.

4. Research and Analysis Wing (RAW)

Headquarters: New Delhi

Founded: 1968

RAW mainly operates for the purpose of protection from its neighboring countries such as Pakistan and China as it has constantly run into disputes with these countries. India was able to become one of the earliest Nuclear Countries because of the efforts of RAW agents and it was also able to locate where Pakistan keeps its nuclear resources.

3.  Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

Headquarters: Fairfax, USA 

Founded: 1947 

CIA is the most well-known world-famous agency because of its frequent appearances in Hollywood Movies. It is also the biggest intelligence agency in terms of number of recruits as it employs more than 20,000 people. It is one of the highest funded intelligence agencies in the world.

2. Mossad

Founded: 1949

Headquarters: Tel Aviv, Israel 

Mossad is one of the most feared intelligence agency and for good reasons: it is highly determined and focused on the tasks at hand. It also conducted the very well-known mission “Wrath of God” where it located and killed all of the activist suspects that lead the murder of its Athletes that took part in the Munich Olympics in 1072. The success of this mission was talked about everywhere and nobody dared to interfere with it ever again.

1. ISI – Pakistan

Founded: 1948

Headquarters: Islamabad 

One of the most interesting facts about the intelligence agency is that it has the best track record of successful operations. All of its operations conducted have been highly successful. It is also one of the most private agencies as none of its agents’ identity has ever been revealed and they have never been caught on any type of surveillance. It has played a major role in protecting Pakistan’s nuclear weapons and eliminating any type of external threat. It has managed to do all of this despite the fact that it is the least funded intelligence agency in the world.

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