The Russian force buildup at Ukraine’s border might lead to a full-scale invasion. It might also be an attempt to compel NATO to discuss and accept some of Vladimir Putin’s demands for Ukraine’s future. But it does show that the effectiveness of information warfare in achieving political and security goals is vastly exaggerated. The military and national security communities in the United States should take notice. All combat strategies must, in the end, be proven to be effective. The long-term impacts of information warfare appear to be difficult to quantify. Maybe they’re primarily delusory. For the time being, information warfare is and will continue to be an enabling component of warfare rather than a primary endeavor.