Instead of taking the usual bicycle ride by which he unwinds at the end of a 6½day week, Presidential Assistant Robert Cutler, chief executive officer of the high-policymaking National Security Council, stayed at his desk last week to make up a thick folder of top-secret background information for his successor. The successor: Dillon Anderson, 48, who, like Cutler, is a lawyer, novelist and man of affairs.

The two men share a rare combination of sensitive, creative intellect and administrative forcefulness. They met in the wartime Pentagon, where Proper Bostonian Cutler, handling officer procurement,...

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