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List Of Asian Intelligence Agencies (2013)

September 29, 2013

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Here is a guide to intelligence agencies across the Asian continent. Most of these institutions are externally focused. Owing to the ambiguous nature of their work, however, some countries often don’t have a clear place for their intelligence apparatus within the government hierarchy. In such cases, there exist frequent overlaps among offices tasked with espionage, law enforcement, domestic security, and plain research.

The responsibilities and roles of these agencies are also influenced by the governments that maintain them. Where one country funds a single, central spy organization, another has several.

To clearly demarcate jurisdiction, a common tendency is separating intelligence agencies between civilian and military control.

What is currently provided can be verified and double checked online.

(Note: Below is an incomplete list and missing entries will be updated as soon as better information surfaces.)

Afghanistan
Name: National Directorate of Security (NDS)
HQ: Kabul
Head: Asadullah Khalid
Website: Not Available

Armenia
Name: National Security Service (NSS)
HQ: NA
Head: Colonel General Gorik Hakobyan
Website: NA

Azerbaijan
Name: Ministry of National Security
HQ: NA
Head: NA
Website: NA

Bahrain
Name: National Security Agency
HQ: NA
Head: Adel bin Khalifa Hamad Al Fadhel
Website: NA

Bangladesh
Name: Directorate General of Forces Intelligence
HQ: NA
Head: NA
Website: NA

Name: Special Branch
HQ: NA
Head: NA
Website: NA

Name: National Security Intelligence
HQ: NA
Head: NA
Website: NA

Bhutan
Name: NA
HQ: NA
Head: NA
Website: NA

Brunei
Name: Internal Security Department
HQ:
Head:
Website:

Name: Research Department
HQ: NA
Head: NA
Website: NA

Cambodia
Name: NA
HQ: NA
Head: NA
Website: NA

China
Name: Ministry of State Security
HQ: Dong Chang’an Jie, Beijing
Head: Geng Huichang
Website: NA

Georgia
Name: Intelligence Service
HQ: NA
Head: NA
Website: NA

India
Name: Research and Analysis Wing (RAW)
HQ: NA
Head: Alok Joshi
Website: NA

Name: Intelligence Bureau (IB)
HQ: NA
Head: Syed Asif Ibrahim/ Yashovardhan Azad
Website: NA

Name: Military Intelligence Directorate
HQ: NA
Head: NA
Website: NA

Indonesia
Name: State Intelligence Agency
HQ: Pejaten Timur, Jakarta
Head: Lieutenant General Marciano Norman
Website: bin.go.id

Name: Lembaga Sandi Negara
HQ: NA
Head: NA
Website: lemsaneg.go.id

Iran
Name: Ministry of Intelligence and Security
HQ:
Head: Heidar Moslehi
Website:

Name: Quds Force
HQ: Tehran or Ahvaz
Head: Qassem Suleimani
Website: NA

Iraq
Name: National Intelligence Service
HQ: NA
Head: NA
Website: NA

Name: National Information and Investigation Agency
HQ: NA
Head: NA
Website: NA

Name: Directorate General for Intelligence and Security
HQ: NA
Head: NA
Website: NA

Name: Ministry of National Security Affairs
HQ: NA
Head: NA
Website: NA

Name: Office of Information and Security
HQ: NA
Head: NA
Website: NA

Name: M2 Military Intelligence
HQ: NA
Head: NA
Website: NA

Israel
Name: Mossad
HQ: Tel Aviv
Head: Tamir Pardo
Website: mossad.gov.il

Name: Directorate of Military Intelligence (AMAN)
HQ: NA
Head: Major General Aviv Kochavi
Website: NA

Japan
Name: Naicho
HQ: NA
Head: NA
Website: NA

Name: Defense Intelligence Headquarters
HQ: Tokyo
Head: NA
Website: NA

Jordan
Name: General Intelligence Directorate
HQ: NA
Head: Faisal Al Shoubaki
Website: gid.gov.jo

Kazakhstan
Name: National Security of the Republic of Kazakhstan (KNB)
HQ: Aktobe, West Kazakhstan
Head: Adil Shayakhmetov
Website: www.knb.kz

Kuwait
Name: National Security Agency
HQ: NA
Head: NA
Website: NA

Kyrgyzstan
Name: State Security Service
HQ: NA
Head: Keneshbek Deshubayev
Website: NA

Laos
Name: NA
HQ: NA
Head: NA
Website: NA

Lebanon
Name: Internal Security Forces
HQ: Ashrafieh, Beirut
Head: Brigadier General Roger Salem
Website: NA

Malaysia
Name: National Security Division
HQ: NA
Head: NA
Website: NA

Name: Defence Staff Intelligence Division
HQ: NA
Head: NA
Website: NA

Name: Special Branch
HQ: NA
Head: NA
Website: NA

Maldives
Name: NA
HQ: NA
Head: NA
Website: NA

Mongolia
Name: General Intelligence Agency
HQ: Juulchin Gudamj, Ulaanbataar
Head: NA
Website: gia.gov.mn

Myanmar
Name: Directorate of Defense Services Intelligence (DDSI)
HQ: NA
Head: NA
Website: NA

Name: Office of Military Security Affairs
HQ: NA
Head: NA
Website: NA

Nepal
Name: Directorate of Military Intelligence
HQ: NA
Head: NA
Website: NA

North Korea
Name: State Security Department
HQ: NA
Head: General Kim Won Hong
Website: NA

Oman
Name: Internal Security Service
HQ: NA
Head: Major General Saeed Bin Ali Bin Zahir Al Hilali
Website: NA

Pakistan
Name: Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)
HQ: Abpara, Islamabad aka Islamabad Capital Venue
Head: [Director General] Lt. General Rizwan Akhtar
Website: isi.org.pk

Palestine
Name: General Intelligence/Mukhabarat
HQ: NA
Head: NA
Website: NA

Name: (Palestinian Authority) Military Intelligence
HQ: NA
Head: NA
Website: NA

Philippines
Name: National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA)
HQ: Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Head: Caesar P. Garcia
Website: NA

Name: Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP)
HQ: Metro Manila
Head: Brigadier General Eduardo Año
Website: NA

Qatar
Name: NA
HQ: NA
Head: Ahmed Nasser bin Jassim Al Thani
Website: NA

Russia
Name: Federal Security Service (FSB)
HQ: Moscow
Head: Alexander Bortnikov
Website: fsb.ru

Name: (GRU)
HQ: Moscow
Head: General Major Igor Sergun
Website: NA

Saudi Arabia
Name: General Intelligence Directorate/ Al Mukhabarat Al A’amah
HQ: Riyadh
Head: Prince Khaled ibn Bandar ibn Abdul Aziz
Website: NA

Singapore
Name: Security and Intelligence Division
HQ: NA
Head: NA
Website: NA

Name: Military Intelligence
HQ: NA
Head: Rear Admiral Joseph Leong
Website: NA

South Korea
Name: National Intelligence Service (NIS)
HQ: Seoul
Head: Nam Jae Joon
Website: NA

Sri Lanka
Name: Terrorist Investigation Department
HQ: NA
Head: NA
Website: NA

Syria
Name: Political Security Directorate
HQ: NA
Head: Zouheir Hamad
Website: NA

Name: Mukhabarat
HQ: NA
Head: Rafiq Shahadah
Website: NA

Taiwan
Name: National Security Bureau (NSB)
HQ: Yangteh Boulevard, Taipei
Head: Tsai De Sheng
Website: nsb.gov.tw

Tajikistan
Name: NA
HQ: NA
Head: NA
Website: NA

Thailand
Name: Internal Security Operations Command
HQ: Bangkok
Head: NA
Website: NA

Timor-Leste
Name: NA
HQ: NA
Head: NA
Website: NA

Turkey
Name: National Intelligence Organization/Service (MIT)
HQ: NA
Head: Hakan Fidan
Website: mit.gov.tr

Turkmenistan
Name: Ministry of National Security
HQ: NA
Head: NA
Website: NA

United Arab Emirates
Name: NA
HQ: NA
Head: NA
Website: NA

Uzbekistan
Name: National Security Service
HQ: NA
Head: Rustam Inoyatov
Website: NA

Vietnam
Name: General Department of Military Intelligence
HQ: NA
Head: NA
Website: NA

Name: General Department of Intelligence and Public Security
HQ: NA
Head: NA
Website: NA

Yemen
Name: National Security Agency
HQ: NA
Head: Ali Hassan al Ahmadi
Website: NA

Name: Military Intelligence
HQ: NA
Head: Ahmed Muhsin Al Yahfiee
Website: NA

Special Mention:

Australia

Name: Australian Security Intelligence Organisation
HQ: Canberra
Head: Director General David Irvine
Website: asio.gov.au

Name: Australian Secret Intelligence Service
HQ: Canberra
Head: Director General Nick Warner
Website: asis.gov.au

Name: Defence Signals Directorate
HQ: Canberra
Head: Director Ian McKenzie
Website: dsd.gov.au

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