Bethesda-based contracting giant Lockheed Martin said last week it has founded a new group focused on international business, dubbed Lockheed Martin International.

The company said last week it has named Patrick M. Dewar, formerly senior vice president of corporate strategy and business development and a 28-year Lockheed employee, to lead the unit.

The unit is to be based in both London and the D.C. area. It will also have offices in Ottawa; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.; Singapore; and Canberra, Australia.

In a press conference in London announcing the new organization, Marillyn A. Hewson, Lockheed’s chief executive, said the company is seeking a “unified approach” to international sales.

Many defense contractors are moving to beef up their business outside the United States as domestic spending declines. Falls Church-based DynCorp International, for instance, earlier this year established DynCorp Global.

ByteGrid wins Lockheed deal

Reston-based data center company ByteGrid is set to announce today that it has been selected by Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin to host Labor Department data centers as part of the federal consolidation effort.

Local Labor Department data centers are moving into ByteGrid’s facility in Silver Spring under the seven-year deal between Lockheed and the agency.

GAO rejects EIS protest

The Government Accountability Office has denied a protest filed by Vienna-based Enterprise Information Services against a Defense Intelligence Agency contract awarded to Falls Church-based Computer Sciences Corp.

The GAO had previously upheld a protest filed by McLean-based Science Applications International Corp. in connection with the acquisition, and called for DIA to reevaluate. In revised proposals, EIS offered a lower price of $58.2 million — compared with CSC’s $119.6 million — but the Pentagon agency questioned whether it could handle the work with the level of staff it proposed and deemed its submission unacceptable. The GAO backed DIA’s decision.

Blue Ridge protest denied

The GAO also rejected a protest filed by Blue Ridge Limousine and Tour Service of Springfield against the terms of a solicitation issued by the National Guard Bureau for shuttle bus services in Arlington.

According to the decision, which was made in the fall but only issued last month, Blue Ridge argued that the solicitation should not have been set aside for 8(a) small businesses. Blue Ridge was the incumbent contractor but graduated from the 8(a) program in 2011.

The GAO stood by the government’s determination to maintain the 8(a) requirement.