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10 Most Powerful Agencies In The World

Updated on April 24, 2017

Many countries throughout the world have their individual intelligence agencies that run to fight external and internal threats to the nation. The countries are highly dependent on these agencies. These agencies know all the secret task or missions of their competitor nations and terrorism.

The army fights against these threats but these agency work on how to control before the damage is done. An intelligence agency is a government agency responsible for the collection, analysis, and exploitation of information in support of law enforcement, national security, military, and foreign policy objectives.

Here are the 10 most powerful agencies around the world.

GRU (Main Intelligence Agency), Russia

GRU Official emblem (until 2009) with motto engraved: "Greatness of the Motherland in your glorious deeds". It is one of the greatest players in the world intelligence community, the GRU or Glavnoye Razvedyvatel`noye Upravleniye or Main Intelligence Administration is Russia’s largest secret service. It is the backbone of Russian Defence Intelligence services which gave Russia the superpowers to rule out the world at one point of time.


Research and analysis wing, founded in 1968 had its headquarters in New Delhi. It deals with external affairs and mainly monitors the activities of its neighborhood countries like China and Pakistan. It has spread its wings throughout the world. It directly reports to the Prime Minister and its operation does not come under the parliament laws.


The ASIS is one of the most effective intelligence agencies of the world. It has its security agents spread across the world and they keep an eye on all external affairs. Somewhat Australia is relatively isolated from terrorism, still this organisation works 24*7 to protect country's political and security issues. It was founded in 1952 and its headquarter is in Canberra.

Mossad, Israel

CIA (Central Intelligence Agency), U.S.A.

It was founded in 1947 and its headquarters are in Fairfax, Virginia. The CIA plays an important role in America's domination over the world and making it the largest super power. CIA has been playing a central role in exchange of intelligence between countries to combat terrorism. Biggest achievement of this agency is the assassination of Bin Laden.

BND (Bundesnachrichtendienst), Germany

It was founded in 1956 and its headquarters are situated in Pullach and Berlin. It is Germany's intelligence agency which warns the country to any external threats. BND agents are spread all over the world and its main weapons are its electronic surveillance of international communications.

MSS, China

This Organisation was founded in 1983 and its headquarters are in Beijing.The Ministry of State Security (MSS) is one of the most powerful and most active Chinese intelligence agencies. It looks after security issues of the country external and internal affairs. it also deals with any anti government revolts carried out in the country. Its most successful spies are agents placed throughout the world living as ordinary citizens.

DGSE, France

It was founded in 1982 and its headquarters are in Paris. The General Directorate for External Security (DGSE) of France used to gather important intelligence from sources to help in military and strategic decisions. Though it is not so famous as other agencies but according to reports it has claimed to had prevented more than 15 terrorist attacks in France. It has huge source of voluntary spies which play a vital role in gathering information.

MI6, United Kingdom

It was founded in 1909 and its headquarter are in London This is one of the oldest intelligence agencies in the world. This agency played a vast role in Britain's victory in World War I. It gathers intelligence information across the globe.

ISI, Pakistan

It was founded in 1948, Pakistan’s Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is one of the most notorious secret service agencies in the world. It provides security intelligence assessment to the government of Pakistan. However, it is famous to be involved in causing trouble and terrorism in India.

So, above listed are one of the topmost intelligence agencies throughout the globe serving their respective nations.

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