The Foreign Intelligence Agency (Polish: Agencja Wywiadu (Polish pronunciation: [aˈɡɛnt͡sja vɨˈvʲadu]; or AW) is a Polish intelligence agency tasked with the gathering of public and secret information abroad for the Republic of Poland.It was created in 2002 from the reform and split of Urząd Ochrony Państwa, which was split into Agencja Wywiadu (AW) and Agencja Bezpieczeństwa Wewnętrznego (ABW).
The current Head of the Foreign Intelligence Agency is Lieutenant colonel Piotr Krawczyk.
The Foreign Intelligence Agency usually operates out of the territory of the Republic of Poland. Its activity within the territory of the Republic of Poland may be conducted only within a limited scope, exclusively in connection with its activity out of the state's frontiers. The roles of the Foreign Intelligence Agency include:
Obtaining, analyzing, processing and forwarding information that may be significant to the security and international position of the Republic of Poland, as well as to its economic potential;
Recognizing and counteracting external threats to the security, defense, independence and inviolability of the Republic of Poland;
Protecting foreign diplomatic missions of the Republic of Poland and their officials from the activities of foreign intelligence services and other activities negatively that may affect the interests of the Republic of Poland;
Ensuring protection of cryptographic communication with the Polish diplomatic missions and consulates, and of diplomatic pouch;
Recognizing international terrorism, extremism and international organized crime groups;
Recognizing international trade in weapons, ammunition and explosive materials, narcotics, psychotropic substances, as well as in goods, technologies and services of strategic importance to the state's security, recognizing international trade in weapons of mass destruction and threats related to the proliferation of those weapons and their carriers;
Recognizing and analyzing threats occurring in the regions of tensions, conflicts and international crises that influence exert on the state's security, as well as actions undertaking aimed at eliminating those threats;
Conducting signals intelligence;
The Foreign Intelligence Agency comprises the following organizational units:
Staff Training Centre
Independent Legal UnitHowever, the Head of the Foreign Intelligence Agency is authorized to form or appoint units of a permanent or ad hoc character (e.g. task units).
Head of the Foreign Intelligence Agency: Colonel Grzegorz Małecki
Deputy Head of the Foreign Intelligence Agency: Piotr Krawczyk