Federal Intelligence Service (Bundesnachrichtendienst)

Name of the organization

Federal Intelligence Service (Bundesnachrichtendienst)

Operational context

National and worldwide

The Federal Intelligence Service is the sole foreign intelligence service of the Federal Republic of Germany. As such it reports directly to the Federal Chancellery.

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The mission of the Bundesnachrichtendienst is to provide the Federal Government with fast and comprehensive information. The Federal Government receives the information it needs to make political decisions via state authorities, as well as from the media and academic and other institutions.

However, for a number of countries and topics covered, this information has proved inadequate. In the case of foreign and security policy there is a constant need for specific, reliable and accurate information concerning developments in other countries. The Bundesnachrichtendienst uses intelligence resources of its disposal to collect information unobtainable by any other means. This information is contributes to foreign and security policy decision-making at national level and helps to protect German interests all over the world.

  • Assistance to the Federal Government in its security and foreign policy decisions, through the provision of insights on foreign countries.

  • Informational support of the German Armed Forces.

  • Cooperation in the crisis department of the Federal Foreign Office (for example in the case of abductions of German citizens abroad).

  • Mediation in humanitarian negotiations worldwide.

  • Informing ministries and authorities on specific issues.