Helmuth von Moltke the Elder
He had a major effect on the development the existing Prussian staff tradition into a modern system for national mobilization of forces and industry, and was chief of general staff (1857–88). As well as writing basic doctrine, he formulated a philosophy of war. 
- Harry Pross (ed.), Die Zerstörung der deutschen Politik: Dokumente 1871-1933 (Frankfurt, 1959), pp. 29-31. Translated by Richard S. Levy.