Bethesda-based defense giant Lockheed Martin has opened a new office in Israel, the company announced last week.

The office in the city of Be’er Sheva comes as the Israel Defense Forces push forward on a “Move to the South” campaign that would transfer Israel’s military bases to the southern part of the country, chief executive Marillyn Hewson said at the opening.

The new office will be headed by former Israeli Air Force Brig. Gen. Shelly Gotman, who Lockheed recently named managing director of Israel for the company’s information systems business.

In January, Lockheed and Hopkinton, Mass.-based IT company EMC made joint investments in technology projects in Be’er Sheva, some of which were contracted through the Ben-Gurion University in Israel.

DARPA creates new biotech division

The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency has opened an office dedicated to biological technology research, intended to expand beyond the agency’s current defense sciences and microsystems technology offices.

“Before [the biological technology office], DARPA had a handful of biologists, neuroscientists, engineers and the like interested in synthesizing their work but distributed across different offices,” said Geoff Ling, director of DARPA’s biotechnology office. “Now we’re under one roof, so to speak, and looking to attract a new community of scholars, who will bring a host of new ideas at the intersection of traditional and emerging disciplines.”

Federal start-up teams join entrepreneurial boot-camp

Twenty teams, including some from federal agencies and local universities, are joining a five-week entre­pre­neur­ship program designed to create a viable product.

The program, called DC I-Corps, supported by the National Science Foundation, George Washington University, the University of Maryland and Virginia Tech University. This session includes research teams from NASA, the Naval Research Laboratory, the United States Department of Agriculture, Johns Hopkins University, and UMD and GWU, among others.

App development start-up acquires Exceptual

Mobomo, a District-based start-up that created the official Navy app for Apple and Android operating systems and relaunched, has acquired Exceptual, a Web-hosting firm based in Nixa, Mo. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.