Top 10 Best Intelligence Agencies in the World 2023

List of top 10 best intelligence agencies in the world 2023 includes- CIA, Mossad, Raw, ASIS, among others. The key role of an intelligence agency starts with national security. You can check more information below about these top 10 best intelligence agency in the world below.

Intelligence Agency of a country plays an important role in maintaining its national security. They are basically government agencies that are responsible for collecting, analyzing and using the information gathered for the purpose of law enforcement, maintaining national security and accomplishing foreign policy objectives. These agencies recruit the best personnel who can extract even the deeply buried information with their tricks. The intelligence agencies can be of two types- security intelligence that is related to domestic threats and foreign intelligence that involves collecting information relating to activities of foreign states. Check out a list of top 10 Intelligence Agencies in the world 2023 along with other details related to them from this article below.

How these Intelligence Agencies work?

There are so many ways in which these intelligence agencies can serve their national governments. One of their major work include counterintelligence which means providing Defence against the efforts of other national intelligence agencies. They can provide warning of impending crises beforehand and serve in national and international crisis management. They coordinate with the military operations (military intelligence) as well and help in national defence planning. Their major work also involves protection of sensitive information about their sources, activities and other state agencies.

How to become a part of Intelligence Agencies?

Different Intelligence Agencies in the world use different method of selection for recruiting individuals to their organization. Certain age limit, educational qualification, etc are set by different countries to select candidates for their intelligence agency. A set of tests are also conducted by these agencies to test the candidate physically, emotionally and intellectually. Let us understand this with the help of an example of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), an intelligence agency of India.

First of all, the aspirant should be a citizen of the country with no criminal background. It is mandatory for the aspiring candidate to hold a graduation degree from a reputed institute and should be fluent in any one foreign language. Age of the applicant should be under 56 years and should have an experience of 20 years of service. Drug addicts are not allowed to be a part of the RAW.

To become RAW agent, candidates need to clear the Group A Civil Services exam conducted by the Central Staffing Scheme (CSS). After clear all the stages of Civil Service Exam, the qualified candidates are allowed to appear for the RAW exam.

Top 11 Best Intelligence Agencies in the World 2023

Below presented is the list of the 10 Intelligence Agencies in the world 2023-2024 along with some basic information about them like their headquarters, year of establishment, etc. Check them out.

#1. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), USA

cia is the Best Intelligence Agency in the world

Headquartered at Virginia, Founded in 1947

The CIA is primarily focused to provide intelligence for the President and Cabinet of the United States and it also plays a major role in maintaining dominance of USA over the world. CIA has no law enforcement function and works primarily on overseas intelligence gathering, with very little domestic intelligence gathering. CIA played a major role in establishing intelligence services in several allied countries, like Germany’s BND and has also provided support to many foreign political groups and governments.

#2. Mossad

mossad- Number 2 intelligence agency in the world

Headquartered at Tel Aviv, Israel, Founded in 1949

Being one of the most powerful intelligence agencies in the world, Mossad belongs to Israel. The agency is responsible for secret operations, intelligence collection, intelligence analysis, and counter-terrorism. The estimated employees of this agency is 7000. They have successfully covered a number of undercover operations against opponents of Israel .

#3. Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India

Raw India - Best Security Agency

Headquartered at New Delhi, Founded in 1968

The Research and Analysis Wing of India came into existence after the Sino-Indian war of 1962 and the India-Pakistan war of 1965. There were some holes found in the intelligence gathered by the Intelligence Bureau after these wars and the time was felt for an agency that could protect India before it went to war or hit by an attack. Primary task of RAW is to monitor the movement and activities of the neighboring countries.

#4. Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS), Australia


Headquartered at Canberra (Australian Capital Territory), Founded in 1952

Founded originally in 1952, the Australian Secret Intelligence Service, also called as ASIS, was able to hide its identity from the Australian government. After coming into spotlight, it was examined by the Royal Commission three times for its operations in the year 1974 and 1983 and in 1994. It is now a government intelligence agency responsible for collection of foreign intelligence, undertake counter-intelligence activities and cooperate with other intelligence agencies of the world.

#5.Military Intelligence, Section 6 (MI6), UK

Military Intelligence, Section 6

Headquartered at London, Founded in 1909

MI6 is considered as one of the oldest intelligence agencies that was founded back in the year 1569 by Sir Francis Walsingham. When he became the secretary of state to Queen Elizabeth I, Military Intelligence, Section 6 was established in its present form in 1909 by Commander (later Sir) Mansfield Cumming. It was constituted as part of Britain’s attempt to coordinate intelligence activities before the occurrence of World War I. MI6 works in close coordination with agencies like the CIA and helps them with their missions.

#6.Ministry of State Security (MSS), China

MSS china

Headquartered at Beijing, Founded in 1983

Also known as Guoanbu, the MSS is considered as one of the most secretive intelligence organizations in the world. The organization is responsible for counterintelligence, foreign intelligence and maintaining political security in the People’s Republic of China. The MSS was preceded by the Central Investigation Department (CID), which was China’s primary civilian intelligence organization from 1955 to 1983. It was established by the merger of the Central Investigation Department and the counterintelligence elements of the Ministry of Public Security of the People’s Republic of China.

#7. Directorate General for External Security (DGSE), France


Headquartered at Paris, Founded in 1982

Direction générale de la sécurité extérieure (French) or Directorate General for External Security (English) is the external intelligence agency of France that operates under the direction of the French Ministry of Armed Forces. The DGSE works alongside its domestic counterpart, the DGSI (General Directorate for Internal Security) and helps in maintaining the national security of France through means of gathering intelligence and conducting paramilitary and counterintelligence operations abroad.

#8. Federal Intelligence Service- Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), Germany

BND germany - Best Intelligence Service

Headquartered at Berlin, Founded in 1956

The Federal Intelligence Service (Bundesnachrichtendienst in German) is the foreign intelligence agency of Germany and is the world’s largest intelligence headquarters. With main headquarter at Berlin, it has a total of 300 locations in Germany and foreign countries. It collects and evaluates information on a variety of areas such as international terrorism, WMD proliferation and illegal transfer of technology, etc. The BND directly subordinate to the Germany Chancellor’s Office.

#9. Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Pakistan

isi pakistan

Headquartered at Aabpara, Islamabad, Pakistan, Formed in 1948

Being a leading intelligence agency of Pakistan, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is responsible to gather, process, and analyze information linked for national security. It was founded on January 1, 1948 and is headquartered at Aabpara, Islamabad, Pakistan. Both members of of the armed forces and civilian are permitted to join Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Pakistan.

#10. Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB RF), Russia

FSB RF - Best Intelligence Agencies of the World

Headquartered at Lubyanka Square, Founded in 1995

The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation preceded the Soviet Union’s KGB, its main security agency from 1954 to 1991. Its main responsibilities are within the country only and include surveillance, counter-intelligence, internal security, border security, counter-terrorism. In 2011, the FSB prevented 94 “crimes of a terrorist nature”, including eight terrorist attacks.

#11. Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), Canada

CSIS - Best Intelligence Service

Headquartered at Ottawa, Founded in 1984

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service or CSIS works on national security issues and situations that threaten the security of the nation and reports directly to the Minister of Public Safety. CSIS is one of several federal departments that has been granted a heraldic badge. The CSIS works closely with the intelligence agencies of the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand (an alliance called as Five Eyes or FVEY).

We have tried to list best intelligence agencies in the world 2023 with some basic information. Hope, it gave you an overall idea about best intelligence agencies in the world and how they work.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Question 1: Who is No 1 intelligence agency?

Answer: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), USA

Question 2: When was CIA USA founded?

Answer: September 18, 1947

Question 3: Who is top 10 intelligence agency in the world?

Answer: CIA, Mossad, Raw, ASIS, MI6, MSS, DGSE, Federal Intelligence Service, ISI, and FSB RF.

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44 thoughts on “Top 10 Best Intelligence Agencies in the World 2023”

  1. Its amazing that there is even a list of the best intelligence services. The best intelligence service is the one that does not boast about achievements. That does its job and be quiet about it. A good intelligence service supply timely intelligence to the government of the day. Tell the government what they should know and not what it wants to know.

    • The very best Intelligence service, to me, would be the one that is so good at gathering Intelligence on us and every other cou try it wanted to because it is so Rogue, so ae retivevthat nobody k ows that it exists. I personally think that as far back as as at least 1961, after the disastrous, failed “Bay of Pigs” Invasion that was CI A and US military backed backed, Invasion of Communist Cuba using Anti Castro Cubans. The Invasion was planned, approved, funded and trained under the Eisenhower Administration but fell in New PresidentJohn F Kennedy’s lap when he took office in Jauary, 1961. JFKwas trying to broker a deal with the Soviets, he didnt want global thermal nuclear war. ThevInvasion went off but Kennedy refused to provide American boots on rhe ground . Hw also refused American AirvCover. ThebInvasion was a disaster.
      JFK took the blame saying,
      “Victory haS a thousand fathers. Defeat is an orphan”
      Kennedy fired CI A director Allen Dulles and his second in commend threatening g to tear the CI A into a thousand pie esc and scattering it to the wind. I believe that a rovue section of the CI A has grown out of that and that there is an eternal CIA within the cI A.

  2. ISI proved itself at the time of Russian invison & helped out to disitegrate Russia then.
    In 2nd episode President Bidien statment is enough alongwith the reason.
    Capacity of ISI is remarkable by virtue of its result orientation.

    • I agree, but the new Russian I telligence agency is just as evil and corrupt as the KGB that produced it’s prodigal sob, Putin. China Intelligrnce agency is nothing to laugh at.

  3. CIA MOSSAD + RAW come IN Afghanistan! But ISI Markhor trapped 3 most power full agency and finally they go back home

      • I wish the Oakastani and Indian Intelligenceceould do something as not t h e internal problems they have with the massive organized crime theyvhavevivervthere calling Americans, Canadians, British pretending to be someone else and attempting to steal money from us. I eas undercthe assumption we were friendly countries. WE DONT CALL YOU AND TRY AND STEAL. . It’s just getting worse.

  4. Which idiot made this list ? After a thorough analysis, Pakistan’s ISI is considered as the top spy agency in the world whereas CIA is second on the list. RAW doesn’t even come in top 10. Lol

      • ISI is unmatched when it comes to intelligence gathering and analysis. It’s considered as the best intelligence agency in the whole damn wide world. I don’t know where this hater got this information, truth be told. CIA is as good, nevertheless it comes second.

    • You’re the idiot. You neither have any source for your claims nor any concrete reasoning. The CIA has made breakthroughs in interrogative techniques and other fields. It has also taken part in famous and important operations around the world. Check Project Coldfeet of the North Pole and the hijack of Flight 351 in Japan. The Americans also have superior technology to Pakistan if you remember the spy planes from the U-2 incident. I don’t have a problem with Pakistan but you should know what you talk about.

  5. GDI the intelligence of the islamic emirate of afghanistan is the most strongest in the world because it defeated forty-three countries including the CIA and how many CIA spies were killed in afghanistan.
    proud on GDI❤

    • Islamic intelligence you said, that’s not an intelligence agency rather they are terrorist, why they are so hard to infiltrate is because they used the poor civilian as their human shield


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