The Dawn Methodology has been developed by our Founder, Dan O’Dowd. Dan has dedicated his life to studying software development. That experience underpins The Dawn Methodology and its supporting technology. Dan has written the software for hundreds of the world’s most safety-critical and security-critical systems. In aerospace and the military these include Boeing’s 787s, Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Fighter Jets, the Boeing B1-B Intercontinental Nuclear Bomber, and NASA’s Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle.
After studying why operating systems contained so many bugs and security defects, Dan developed The Dawn Methodology to design a new operating system from the ground up that could run on any computer system. Its primary requirement is that it must never fail and it must never be hacked. It must also perform the functions required completely accurately and safely. The Dawn Methodology ensures that until a feature has been rigorously tested and proved to be reliable, safe, secure, and absolutely necessary, it will not be incorporated into the operating system.
Dan developed The Dawn Methodology to deliver on the contract he won with Boeing to develop the system for the B1-B intercontinental nuclear bomber in 1997. The system controls everything in the plane including flight control, navigation, comms and the weapons system. After years of studying why operating systems have so many bugs and security defects, he designed a new one from the ground up. Its only design requirement is that it be secure.