Mr. Martin Lancaster served as Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) (ASA (CW)) from January 1996 to June 1997. During his tenure as Assistant Secretary, Mr. Lancaster worked most notably in close collaboration with the Administration and the Congress to craft a balanced Water Resources Development Act of 1996 (WRDA 96), and he strengthened the Corps' Support for Others (SFO) program WRDA 96 set a healthy course across the spectrum of the Corps' Civil Works program heading into the new millennium. The enhanced SFO outreach to other agencies and governments will provide extensive Corps' services to meet the engineering, planning and water resources needs of other agencies and friendly governments, and it will leverage the tremendous capabilities of the Corps consistent with the Nation's security and military strategies.
Prior to Mr. Lancaster's appointment as the ASA(CW), he served as the Special Advisor to President Clinton on Chemical Weapons. Mr. Lancaster's other public service includes his serving as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1987 until 1995 and as a Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives for eight years prior.
In June 1997, Mr. Lancaster was selected President of the North Carolina Community College System. He returned to North Carolina to assume that position in July 1997.