World's Most Powerful Intelligence Agencies

CIA (Central Intelligence Agency), USA - Founded in September 18, 1947, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is a civilian foreign intelligence service of the federal government of the United States and its the first line of defense for the United States.

RAW (Research and Analysis Wing), India - Founded in September 21, 1968, the agency's primary function is gathering foreign intelligence, counter-terrorism, advising Indian policymakers, and advancing India's foreign strategic interests. The agency came into being after the Sino-Indian war of 1962 and the India-Pakistan war of 1965.

Mossad, Israel - Founded in December 13, 1949, Mossad, meaning Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations, is the national intelligence agency of Israel. Mossad, like the CIA, has active agents spread across the world and are involved in intelligence gathering, covert operations and ‘protecting Jews and Jewish interests’.

ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence), Pakistan - Founded in January 1, 1948, officially, the ISI is responsible for providing security intelligence assessments to the government of Pakistan. ISI is Pakistan’s most important intel agency.

MI6 (Secret Intelligence Service), UK - Founded in July 4, 1909, the Secret Intelligence Service, often known as MI6, collects Britain's foreign intelligence. It provides the government with a global covert capability to promote and defend the national security and economic well-being of the country.

GRU (Main Intelligence Agency), Russia - Founded in May 7, 1992, “GRU” is the English version of the Russian intelligence agency, which means Main Intelligence Directorate. The GRU is Russia's largest foreign intelligence agency.

MSS (Ministry of State Security), China - Founded in July 1, 1983,China's MSS  is the civilian intelligence, security and secret police agency, which is responsible for counter-intelligence, foreign intelligence and political security.

NSA (National Security Agency), USA - Founded in November 4, 1952, NSA (National Security Agency) is a United States intelligence agency within the Department of Defense that is responsible for cryptographic and communications intelligence and security.

BND (Bundesnachrichtendienst), Germany - Founded in April 1, 1956, BND abbreviation of Bundesnachrichtendienst, The Federal Intelligence Service is the foreign intelligence agency of Germany. The BND headquarters is located in central Berlin and is the world's largest intelligence headquarters.

DGSE (General Directorate for External Security), France - Founded in April 2, 1982, France's DGSE (Directorate-General for External Security) is equivalent to the British MI6 and the American CIA, the DGSE safeguards French national security through intelligence gathering and conducting paramilitary and counterintelligence operations abroad, as well as economic espionage.