In its search for a new Army Vice Chief of Staff, the White House last week passed over no fewer than 240 more senior generals. The President found his nominee in Presidential Adviser Henry Kissinger's West Wing office, where for nearly three years Major General Alexander M. Haig Jr., 47, has been serving as Kissinger's able deputy on the National Security Council.

Haig is regarded as a model of calm toughness. He organizes Kissinger's paper work, sometimes stands in for him at presidential meetings, and often serves as the butt of Kissinger's jokes. But he carefully avoids the spotlight. In his...

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