The Federal Intelligence Service is the foreign intelligence agency of Germany, directly subordinated to the Chancellor's Office. Its headquarters are in Pullach near Munich, but it is in the process of being shifted to a new headquarters in Berlin in 2017. The BND has 300 locations in Germany and foreign countries. In 2005, it employed around 6,050 people, 10% of them Bundeswehr soldiers, who are officially employed by Amt für Militärkunde . The budget of the BND for 2017 was € 832,860,000.
The BND acts as an early warning system to alert the German government to threats to German interests from abroad. It depends heavily on wiretapping and electronic surveillance of international communications. It collects and evaluates information on a variety of areas such as international non-state terrorism, weapons of mass destruction proliferation and illegal transfer of technology, organized crime, weapons and drug trafficking, money laundering, illegal migration and information warfare. As Germany’s only overseas intelligence service, the BND gathers both military and civil intelligence. While the Strategic Reconnaissance Command of the Bundeswehr also fulfills this mission, it is not an intelligence service. There is close cooperation between the BND and the KSA.
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