Jefferson Morley | August 20, 2019
India: Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW)
R&AW In The News
- Indian Movie to Celebrate R&AW Exploits Popular star Tovino Thomas will play pivotal role in a film about India’s greatest episode of espionage.
- “The Pathos of Pakistan,” by Vikram Sood (August 12, 2019, Observer Research Foundation)
- “Kashmir Needs Political Engagement, Not Military Solutions,” June 4, 2019, Press Trust of India.)
- Israel’s Mossad Joins R&AW in Seeking to Finish Masood Azhar” (Feb. 23, 2019)
India’s foreign intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), established in 1968, is responsible for intelligence-gathering, counterproliferation, counterterrorism, nuclear security, and advising policymakers.
While the establishment of R&AW was primarily geared towards managing the influence of China, the agency has pivoted in the 21st century to focus on Pakistan and its Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI). The tense situation in the Muslim-majority Indian state of Kashmir on the border of Pakistan is now the priority for Indian intelligence
The activities and functions of R&AW are confidential, according to the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2000 the Federation of American Scientists estimated that the organization had 8-10,000 agents and an estimated budget of $145 million. Declassification of past operations is uncommon. Unlike the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the domestic security agency of India, R&AW receives little attention from the press and is not well-known among the general public.
The current chief Samant Goel, a career intelligence officer who was appointed to the job by President Narendra Modi in June 2019. The former chief of operations at the agency, Goel played a key role in planning the Indian Air Force’s attack on suspected a Pakistani terrorist training camp in the town of Balakot in February 2019.
- RAW: India’s External Intelligence Agency (Council on Foreign Relations)
- Mission R&AW (CIA/Studies in Intelligence)